1939/45 STAR for WW2 service. See 'View Product' for details & award criteria

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1939/45 STAR - unnamed as issued

Award Criteria

The 1939–1945 Star was awarded for specified periods of operational service overseas between 3 September 1939 and either 8 May 1945 in Europe or 2 September 1945 in the Far East theatre. The broad criteria were 180 days of service between these dates, with more specific criteria depending on service arm.

  • Naval personnel qualified after 180 days afloat between certain specified dates in areas of operations as laid out in the regulations.

  • Army personnel had to complete 180 days of service in an operational command.

  • Airborne troops qualified if they had participated in any airborne operations and had completed 60 days of service in a fully operational unit.

  • Air Force air crew qualified after 60 days of service in an operational unit, including at least one operational sortie. The 1939–1945 Star was also awarded to crews of transport aircraft who flew over certain specified routes. Air crew of fighter aircraft engaged in the Battle of Britain were also awarded the Battle of Britain Clasp, while air crew of bomber aircraft who participated in at least one operational sortie in a Bomber Command operational unit were awarded the Bomber Command Clasp in 2013.

  • Air Forceground crew and other Air force personnel qualified upon completion of 180 days of service in an area of operational army command.

  • Merchant Navy personnel qualified upon completion of 180 days of service with at least one voyage made through an operational area.

Special Criteria

The award of a gallantry medal or Mention in Dispatches qualified the recipient for the award of the 1939–1945 Star, regardless of service duration. Personnel whose qualifying service period was terminated prematurely by their death or disability due to service were awarded this Star.

In addition, some special criteria applied when, at certain specified times, just one day's service was required. These latter instances were actions for which a more specific campaign medal was not awarded and the regulations for award made provision for a number of operations in Europe, the Middle East, the Pacific Theatre and India and Burma, in which entry into operational service for one day or part thereof qualified personnel for the award of the 1939–1945 Star. Some notable examples are:

  • The Battle of France in France or Belgium from 10 May to 19 June 1940

  • The St Nazaire Raid from 22 to 28 March 1942

  • The Dieppe Raid on 19 August 1942

  • The Anglo-Iraqi War in Iraq from 10 April to 25 May 1941

  • The Japanese conquest of Burma from 22 February 1942 to 15 May 1942

  • The Battle of Madagascar to capture Vichy French-controlled Madagascar from 5 May 1942 to 5 November 1942

In the case of personnel in operational service at the end of active hostilities in Europe on 8 May 1945, the actual operational service requirement period for the award of the Atlantic Star, Air Crew Europe Star, Italy Star and France and Germany Star was changed to entry into a theatre of operations and the prior six or two months service requirements did not apply. The 1939–1945 Star, however, was not awarded in any of these cases in which actual operational service amounted to less than six or two months.

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Several available, all in GVF condition as illustrated (Stock Photo)

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