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    Default British campaign stars confusion

    Hi all,

    I would like to ask if anybody can make clear for me following matter:

    in my books of British medals is stated that the stars (for example The 1939-45 Star) were established in 1945 but in some records I found photos of airmen wearing already the ribbons and also in some service records the stars were awarded earlier, for example in 1943. So it means that the ribbon was already created and the medal itself was produced after the war and send to the soldiers?

    Any help, ideas and recommended sources much appreciated.

    TIA

    Pavel
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    Hi Pavel,

    Have you tried the British Medals Forum.


    http://www.britishmedalforum.com/

    Peter.

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    Default 1939 - 1943 Star

    Hello Pavel

    It was originally issued (ribbon only as far as I can ascertain, not heard of any medals then) in 1943, with the medal to come later. When the war was finally over in 1945 it then became the 1939 - 1945 Star and medals were issued.

    cheers

    Allan
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    Hi Pavel

    It was originally the 1939-43 Star but then 'extended'

    See

    http://www.northeastmedals.co.uk/britishguide/hmso/campaign_stars_defence.htm

    Cheers

    Eddie

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    Hi Peter, Allan and Ediie - many thansk for useful info!

    Pavel
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