Campaign Medals - World War Two 1939-1945

For service during World War II Australian personnel were awarded Imperial campaign medals. The same medals were issued to all Commonwealth personnel, and in addition Commonwealth countries generally issued a unique medal to recognise the service of their own people. In Australia the Australia Service Medal 1939-45 was issued.

The qualifying criteria for the medals are contained in comprehensive policy publications issued by the United Kingdom and in separate Australian publications.

The campaign medals issued for WWII are worn in the position notified by the Governor-General in The Order of Wearing Australian Honours and Awards.

The medals included in this section are:

Source Documents

Summary of Award Conditions of Campaign Stars, the Defence Medal and the War Medal

CAG 91 dated 30 November 1949 (Royal Warrant for the Australia Service Medal 1939-45)

CAG S374 dated 17 September 2001 (1939-45 Star amendment to conditions)

CAG S498 dated 1 December 1997 (Africa Star amendment to conditions)

CAG S326 dated 4 September 1996 (Pacific Star amendment to conditions)

CAG S309 dated 21 August 1996 (Australia Service Medal 1939-45 amendment to conditions)

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