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Crash Course on WWII British/ Commonwealth Medals?

Article about: by lithgow Giz-Those are simply not the colours for the 1939-45 Star, indeed they don't match any Star, even if the colours were faded-will you provide pics please? Here's a link to the clas

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    Quote by lithgow View Post
    Giz-Those are simply not the colours for the 1939-45 Star, indeed they don't match any Star, even if the colours were faded-will you provide pics please?
    Here's a link to the classified listing.

    the British: The 1939-1945 Star - Militaria Collectibles buy - sell at War Relics

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    The ribbon looks like it could be a bit faded, but I think it's the lighting in the photo that makes it look like that. The navy blue should be on the left when the ribbon is through the ring.
    Best
    Paul

    47th MP Co/47th Inf Div 1983-1988
    583rd Ord Co 59th Ord Bde Muenster, W Germany
    1988-1990
    Looking for P37 ammo pouch with No4 bayo frog

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    It was the lighting that made the ribbon look off colour !

    There are instances where relatives of soldiers will not know what ribbon
    goes with which medal, and assign ribbons to the medals they believe
    look best ! This happens quite frequently with all types of medals
    from all eras.

    Buying a book on British medals is a good way to familiarise yourself.
    'The Medal Yearbook' is an excellent one to get as there are colour
    plates of every British and Commonwealth medal. I found a used
    copy at a militaria show for $5, and although it is and older
    edition, the medals and ribbons haven't changed.........!
    Regards,


    Steve.

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    Thanks for the responses, folks! So... do I have the Royal Navy version of the '39-'45 cross?

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    As far as I know, there wasn't a different star for each branch, there was a clasp awarded for the RAF I've read. there was an Atlantic star, but the ribbon was different, it looked like this

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    Yours is the correct star, and ribbon, the lighting is just what made it look off, and the different stripes of the ribbon represent each branch of service.
    Best
    Paul

    47th MP Co/47th Inf Div 1983-1988
    583rd Ord Co 59th Ord Bde Muenster, W Germany
    1988-1990
    Looking for P37 ammo pouch with No4 bayo frog

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    Thanks for the response. I still am seeing distinctly white, yellow, navy blue. I guess I will have to wait for the medal to arrive for a hands-on inspection...

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    I put up a thread with the Stars I have, you can look at it, and compare to your pic, and see what we mean
    Best
    Paul

    47th MP Co/47th Inf Div 1983-1988
    583rd Ord Co 59th Ord Bde Muenster, W Germany
    1988-1990
    Looking for P37 ammo pouch with No4 bayo frog

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    Quote by Stinkpotpete View Post
    I put up a thread with the Stars I have, you can look at it, and compare to your pic, and see what we mean
    I see what you mean... the ribbon on mine must be REALLY faded if the red looks more like yellow and the sky blue looks white!

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    I bet he was just using a weak light when he took the pic
    Best
    Paul

    47th MP Co/47th Inf Div 1983-1988
    583rd Ord Co 59th Ord Bde Muenster, W Germany
    1988-1990
    Looking for P37 ammo pouch with No4 bayo frog

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    Extremely faded-must have sat in direct sunlight for years as the material doesn't fade easily-you might want to remount it as the colours no longer match the correct ribbon-they are subject to remounting as the ribbons can get tatty over time especially if worn a lot or stored poorly. These days medals are usually 'court mounted' where they're held rigidly in position to avoid them banging into each other with the subsequent damage that occurs.

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