British Set of WWII Medals
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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 great condition. 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.
Second to the right is the Defence Medal which is a campaign medal instituted by the United Kingdom on May 1945, to be awarded to subjects of the British Commonwealth for both non-operational military and certain types of civilian war service during WWII. It features the head of the then Monarch George VI as well as the words GEORGIVS VI D:G:BR:OMN:REX F:D:IND:IMP which is Latin for George the sixth, by the Grace of God, King of all the Britains, Defender of the Faith, 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. The other 2 accompanying medals are campaign stars. There is the Africa Star which was instituted from 10 June 1940 to 12 May 1943, the duration of the North Africa Campaign and the Pacific Star, instituted in May 1945 forces who served in the Pacific Campaign from 1941 to 1945.
All medals in this group have been strung and pinned together and are all in an outstanding condition. Clearly these have been well looked after over the years and all still retain their origonal qualities, shine and colour. Certainly a set that would make the finest of additions to anyone’s collection.