medal; "Defence Medal 1939-1945"

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The obverse design show and uncrowned King George VI, with the inscription “GEORGIVS : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND :IMP”. The reverse shows the Royal crown on a stylised oak tree and supported on either side by an heraldic lion, with the dates “1939” and “1945” and the legend “THE DEFENCE MEDAL”. The ribbon is 32mm wide with a central vertical stripe of flame orange and edge stripes of green and black. The black represents the “Blackout” the flame the fires of the Blitz and the green is the green and pleasant land of Britain.
Service to qualify for the award of this medal counted from 3 September 1939 to 8 May 1945 in Great Britain; and to forces overseas until the end of active hostilities in the Pacific, 15 August 1945. The Defence Medal was granted for three years service at home, or six months overseas in territories subjected to air attacks or closely threatened with some variations. The list of qualifying organisations is long and included organisations such as the Home Guard, ARP and Civil Defence ( Wardens, Ambulance Service etc.) the Fire Service, Police, Coast Guard WVS, CNR, Royal Observer Corps and so on
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embossing:obverse:"GEORGIVS VI D:G:BR:OMN:REX F:D:IND:IMP"
embossing:reverse:"1939 1945 THE DEFENCE MEDAL"
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