British WWII Medal Collection
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These are great examples of the campaign medals one could expect a British Imperial WWII veteran to have been rewarded.
First of all, the medal to the far right is the War Medal of 1939-1945. This campaign medal was instituted by the United Kingdom on 16 August 1945, for subjects of the British Commonwealth who had served full time in the Armed Forces or the Merchant Navy between 3 September 1939 and 2 September 1945. The one seen here is in quite a good condition though the ribbon is a little worn. It features the head of the then Monarch George VI as well as the words GEORGIVS VI D:G:BR:OMN:REX ET INDIAE IMP: which is Latin for George the sixth, omnipotent king of Great Britain and Emperor of India.
To the far left is the 1939-1945 Star. Instituted on 8 July 1943, this campaign medal was too awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. These 2 medals are of course accompanied by 3 others. These are campaign stars of various types. The Atlantic Star from 3 September 1939 to 8 May 1945, the duration of the Battle of the Atlantic and the War in Europe, the Africa Star from 10 June 1940 to 12 May 1943, the duration of the North Africa Campaign and finally the Italy Star, from 11 June 1943 to 8 May 1945, the duration of the Italian Campaign.
All medals in this group have been strung and pinned together, they are likely to have been for many years. Though the odd patch of grime can be seen on the metal and the ribbons are quite worn, age has not claimed these fine medals, for they still possess many of their original qualities, shine and colour. Certainly a set that would make the finest of additions to anyone’s collection.