Medals and Stars - Is there a criteria?

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  1. Why are some campaigns awarded a 'star' medal? Is there a criteria that denotes whether a star is issued instead of a medal?

  2. Yes. Stars are awarded for campaigns that begin in an even year (i.e 1914). Medals are awarded for campaigns tha begin in an odd year (i.e 1969, 2003). Hope this helps.
  3. what about the 1914/15 star?
  4. The 1914-15 Star was not authorised until 1919.

    So that was why it was an odd number.
  5. Auld-Yin

    Auld-Yin LE Reviewer Book Reviewer Reviews Editor

    I think that this reply is a bit of a WAH :) The 1939-45 Star proves the point (star - point - geddit?) which my father has, along with several other bits of bling from that period.
  6. rampant

    rampant LE Reviewer Book Reviewer

  7. what reference are you using? As I have a date of 1918 for the 1914/15 star.
  8. SAMA 82?

    Not a star?
  9. Why would this be?
  10. Stars are for campaigns where the majority of the action therein took place at night, stars (obviously) representing night time, and round medals are for campaigns fought mainly during daylight, round medals therefore representing the sun. :desertsoldier: