Archive for Italian Campaign

A 2nd New Zealand Division Veteran Group

Posted in 1939-1945 Service Medals, 1945 + Medals, Groups with tags , , , , , , on August 14, 2013 by The Dude

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This group is an unnamed rack belonging to a veteran of the 2nd New Zealand Division in Italy who later served in the Occupation Force in Japan between 1946 and 1949. It consists of the 1939-1945 Star, the Italy Star, the Defence Medal, the 1939-1945 Victory Medal, the New Zealand 1939-1945 War Medal, the New Zealand 1946-1949 Occupation Service Medal and the LSGC Medal for the Legion of Frontiersmen. These medals belonged to James Stuart Farquharson, Private, 624746, NZ 2nd Division. James somehow managed to get to Italy in time for the surrender, then got sent to the Pacific in time for the surrender there. Lucky bugger!

The Legion of Frontiersmen Medal is an unofficial non-sanctioned medal so really it should not be included with the others in this rack and I can only assume that the veteran placed it here so he would have a little more tin swinging on Anzac Day parades.

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A Group to an 8th Army Private

Posted in 1939-1945 Service Medals, 1945 + Medals, Groups with tags , , , , on August 5, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_United_KingdomThis is a pretty unassuming group to an Army Medical Corps Private 7358394 H Strow. He has the 1939-1945 Star, the North Africa Star, the Italy Star, the Defence Medal, the 1939-1945 War Medal and the Efficiency Medal (GVI) with Territorial Bar. The Efficiency Medal was awarded with 12 years of service, with war service counting for double. It appears that Strow must have stayed on in the Territorial Army after the conclusion of hostilities in 1945. The RAMC was the last Corps to demob so this guy would not have got out until some time in 1946.

Again, pretty boring but these WW2 groups are so often anonymous so when you get one you try to make sure it has a GSM, EM or LSGC on it so you have the owners name and number.

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The Italy Star

Posted in 1939-1945 Service Medals with tags , , on August 1, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_United_KingdomThis is my Italy Star. The Italy Star was a campaign medal of the British Commonwealth, awarded for service in World War II.
The medal was awarded for operational service (on land) in Italy, Greece, Yugoslavia, Pantelleria, the Aegean area and Dodecanese Islands, and Elba at any time between 11 June 1943 and 8 May 1945. Other areas to qualify for the award are:

  • Sicily – between 11 June 1943 – 17 August 1943
  • Sardinia – between 11 June 1943 – 19 September 1943
  • Corsica – between 11 June 1943 – 4 October 1943

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Souvenir Medallion of the Liberation of Rome

Posted in Medallions & Badges with tags , , , on April 30, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_Italy_(1861-1946)This medallion was struck in 1944 and sold locally to the members of the U.S. 5th Army that liberated Rome from the Germans.

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The Army’s War Medal

Posted in 1939-1945 Service Medals with tags , , on April 25, 2013 by The Dude

720px-Flag_of_Brazil_(1889-1960)This medal, from Brazil, was awarded to the men of the BEF “Força Expedicionaria Brasileira” who deployed to Italy to join the Allies in fighting the Nazi’s. Miserably prepared by their government these men were fortunate to be taken under the care of the Americans who had to struggle to even find combat boots to fit the small feet of the Brazilians. They were well led however and undoubtably brave in combat considering their complete lack of experience.

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The Brazilian Expeditionary Force Medal

Posted in 1939-1945 Service Medals with tags , , on April 25, 2013 by The Dude

720px-Flag_of_Brazil_(1889-1960)This medal was issued to the personnel who made up the “Força Expedicionaria Brasileira“. It’s not commonly known that these soldiers served in Italy fighting the Germans.

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