This is in our opinion one of the
Rarest of the World War II Stars.
The Atlantic Star was instituted in May
of 1945 to honour those who took place
in the Battle of the Atlantic. It was mainly
for those who were part of shipping
convoys, a mission that many did not
come back from. It was also for those
who were their escorts and anti-submarine
We've handled many World War II
medals, but this is the first group of
Atlantic Stars that we've had the privilege
to offer. Complete with ribbon, for
those brave sailors who fought against
the U-boats. It is rare and teaches one
Of the eight different campaign stars awarded during
the Second World War two of the scarcer issues are
the Pacific Star and the Burma Star.
We are able to offer a small quantity of The Burma
Star, which was awarded for operational service in the
Burma campaign and in Bengal or Assam, broadly from
1941 to early 1944.
We have just seven of these scarce campaign stars
with the appropriate ribbon available, so don't miss out!
The ‚War Medal’ has the crowned bust of King George VI and the green,
black and orange ribbon. The second medal is The ‚Defence Medal’ with the bare head
of the King and the red, white and blue ribbon.
The colours on the Defence Medal ribbons mean quite a lot, we were told as follows:
Green is for the green fields of England, Orange represents burning during the Blitz and
Black for the German Swastika.
World War II Defence Medal. The Defence Medal was issued to members of the armed forces serving at home and in territories overseas that were subjected to air attack or closely threatened during the Second World War. Also included were members of the Home Guard (Dad’s Army), Civil Defence and Fire Service. On the obverse is a profile portrait of King George VI. On the reverse two Lions supporting a crowned Oak tree with the dates 1939/1945 and the legend ‘The Defence Medal’. The colours on the ribbon are rather interesting and appropriate: The two broad green stripes represent ‘This green and pleasant land’, the narrow black stripes represent ‘the Blackout’ imposed during the air raids of the Blitz and the wide orange stripe represents the firebombing during the Blitz.
A medal issued 72 years ago that is becoming harder to find. A very interesting addition to your collection.