WW2 Campaign Stars and Ribbons

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WW2 Campaign Stars and Ribbons

Chris Kanca
Chris Kanca

December 21st, 2008, 3:43 pm #1

Anyone know which ribbons, other than the 39/43 (later 39/45)Star and Africa Star, were available for wear prior to the cessation of hostilities? I'm reasonably sure the actual medals weren't issued until after the war but what about the ribbons for the other campaign stars?

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Ed Storey
Ed Storey

December 21st, 2008, 4:10 pm #2

The Canadian Volunteer Service Medal ribbon with Maple Leaf device was in wear by the time of the Normandy campaign.

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December 21st, 2008, 4:46 pm #3

According to Blatherwick, "Canadian Orders, Decorations, and Medals", 4th Ed., Unitrade Press: Toronto, (p.211) the World War Two Stars were authorized by Canadian Army Routine Order #6719 (16 August 1946). If this is correct, then none of the ribbons for the Stars would have been worn during hostilities.
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Ed Storey
Ed Storey

December 21st, 2008, 5:16 pm #4

This image was taken in October 1944, what is the R22eR Officer wearing for ribbans? Looks like more than a CVSM and a Long Service.

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Doug Townend
Doug Townend

December 21st, 2008, 6:33 pm #5

Anyone know which ribbons, other than the 39/43 (later 39/45)Star and Africa Star, were available for wear prior to the cessation of hostilities? I'm reasonably sure the actual medals weren't issued until after the war but what about the ribbons for the other campaign stars?

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Are you speaking solely about the campaign stars and the service medals or are you including gallantry awards also?

According to Blatherwick 5th edition, in general no service medals or stars were issued before the end of the war. Spinks provides same information.
However, the 39-45 star ribbon was issued to all who qualified for it during the war but no explanation is provided..
There is no 39-43 star listed in Blatherwick.

As is well known, gallantry medals were awarded and when possible presented to the individual soon after the approval of the award.

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December 21st, 2008, 11:33 pm #6

This image was taken in October 1944, what is the R22eR Officer wearing for ribbans? Looks like more than a CVSM and a Long Service.

Canadian officer with Canadian jump wings and a British Parachute Regiment beret badge?
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Ed Storey
Ed Storey

December 22nd, 2008, 12:03 am #7

Perhaps CANLOAN?
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Michael O'Leary
Michael O'Leary

December 22nd, 2008, 12:21 am #8

According to Blatherwick, "Canadian Orders, Decorations, and Medals", 4th Ed., Unitrade Press: Toronto, (p.211) the World War Two Stars were authorized by Canadian Army Routine Order #6719 (16 August 1946). If this is correct, then none of the ribbons for the Stars would have been worn during hostilities.
While the full details for Campaign Stars, etc., were issued in 1946 (RO 6719), that order also canceled an earlier Routine Order (RO 5950) and its annexes that would also have to be consulted to confirm what ribbons might have been previously authorized.

6719 --- CAMPAIGN STARS, CLASPS, THE DEFENCE MEDAL AND THE WAR MEDAL 1939-45
http://regimentalrogue.com/misc/wwii_medals_6719.html


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Chris Kanca
Chris Kanca

December 22nd, 2008, 5:36 pm #9

Are you speaking solely about the campaign stars and the service medals or are you including gallantry awards also?

According to Blatherwick 5th edition, in general no service medals or stars were issued before the end of the war. Spinks provides same information.
However, the 39-45 star ribbon was issued to all who qualified for it during the war but no explanation is provided..
There is no 39-43 star listed in Blatherwick.

As is well known, gallantry medals were awarded and when possible presented to the individual soon after the approval of the award.

DT.
The 1939/45 Star was originally implemented as the 1939/43 Star. Both it and the Africa Star ribbon were worn prior to the cessation of hostilities in Europe. Numerous photo abound of these two in wear.

TO answer the other question: No. I was specifically enquiring about the ribbons for the Campaign Stars not ribbons for gallantry awards (which were obviously in wear throughout the war).

My specific question was in regards to campaign stars other than the two previously mentioned. I.e. would the Italy Star or France & Germany Star ribbon have been seen in wear prior to May 1945?
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December 23rd, 2008, 1:04 am #10

This image was taken in October 1944, what is the R22eR Officer wearing for ribbans? Looks like more than a CVSM and a Long Service.

The left-most (viewers perspective) ribbon is the (then) 1939/43 ribbon.
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