Archive for the 1939-1945 Service Medals Category

Commemorative Medal of the 1939-1945 War with France, Afrique and Liberation Bar

Posted in 1939-1945 Service Medals with tags , on August 24, 2015 by The Dude

Flag_of_FranceThis is a French medal awarded to all participants in recognised formations, fitted with a range of bars depending on the type and theatre of service. In this case the bars are “France” for all regular forces involved in the French Campaign of 1940, the “Liberation” bar for the French Campaign of 1944 and the “Afrique” bar for the North African Campaign of 1941-1943..

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The War Commemorative Cross with Oost-Azië/Zuid-Pacific 1942-1945 Bar, Oorlogsvluchten 1940-1945 Bar and Nederlandsch Indië 1941-1942 Bar

Posted in 1939-1945 Service Medals with tags , on August 24, 2015 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NetherlandsThis medal, from the Netherlands, was issued with a range of bars depending on the recipients theatre of service. I have quite a few of these now and I picked this one up because it had the Oorlogsvluchten bar (War Flights).

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A Group to a New Zealand Pacific Casualty

Posted in 1939-1945 Service Medals, Groups with tags , , , , , on June 3, 2014 by The Dude

Flag_of_New_ZealandThis is a wonderful New Zealand 3rd Division group to a courageous young man, sadly KIA endeavouring to save others under terrible conditions. 2nd Lieutenant Colin David Griffiths was a 24 year old ex-shop assistant from Timaru, New Zealand who was killed in action at Vella Lavella in the Solomon Islands on the 2nd of October 1943.

He lost his life during a third attempt at rescuing a cut-off patrol from the Japanese. Swimming a line ashore to the party, consisting of a number of wounded, sharks had to be held off by tommy-gun fire. Griffiths was killed in the water, along with almost everyone else in the rescue party, by heavy Japanese small arms fire. To be clear here, this was Griffiths third attempt and the second that day to reach the beach.

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Colin David Griffiths


Colin’s grave marker at Bourail New Zealand War Cemetery, New Caledonia


M1957 Commemorative Medal of the Campaign in Afrika

Posted in 1939-1945 Service Medals with tags , , , , on June 3, 2014 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgThis medal, strictly speaking, is a non-German award, originating with the Fascist Italians. It was awarded to all of those Axis troops who served in the North African campaign. While it was not authorised for official wear by the German Wehrmacht, this particular example was issued by the post 1957 West German Government and omits the fascii and swastika.

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An Bonn Seirbhise Eigeandala Variant 2

Posted in 1939-1945 Service Medals with tags , on June 3, 2014 by The Dude

Flag_of_IrelandThis is the Emergency Service Medals 1939-1946 issued by the Republic of Ireland. For service with good conduct between 3 September 1939 and 31 March 1946 this medal came in eleven variations depending on the unit or branch of service. I have two of these, this one is for AN CAOMNAORI AITIULA : the Local Security Forces. The other one is here.

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A Birchall Lost in the Battle Over Berlin

Posted in 1939-1945 Service Medals, Family Groups & Singles with tags , , , , , on April 18, 2014 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_United_KingdomThis small group belongs to 1076673 Eric Birchall, Sergeant, RAFVR. Eric flew on Lancasters of 44 Squadron and was killed in action on December 24th 1943. Eric was a Wireless Operator/Air Gunner. He trained in 1654 Heavy Conversion Unit and was posted to 44 Squadron on 12th August 1943. He flew 13 sorties including two to Berlin, two to Hannover and one to Munich. On his 14th sortie, again to Berlin, he was part of group of 379 aircraft, mainly Lancasters. They took off at 0034hrs on the 24th and had a troublefree outer leg due to bad weather. His aircraft was en route home to Dunholme Lodge when it was attacked by a night fighter at 0315 hours and set on fire. It was observed to crash 30 miles NE of Limburg. The entire crew was killed. Eric is buried in the Hannover War Cemetery along with the rest of his crew.



Medal Case for Kings Medal for Courage in the Cause of Freedom

Posted in 1939-1945 Service Medals, Rare Medals with tags , on February 13, 2014 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_United_KingdomThe woman’s issue of the King’s Medal has a bow ribbon set up and the case is square as in this example here. I have a similar case for the Medal for Service here. I am always on the look out for these medals and they routinely come without a case so when I see an empty one I nab it.

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