Bronze six-pointed faceted star with lateral loop for ribbon suspension; the face with the crowned cipher of King and Emperor George VI centrally within a stippled ring inscribed ‘THE ATLANTIC STAR’; the reverse plain; on original ribbon with ‘FRANCE AND GERMANY’ clasp.
The Star was instituted in 1945 and intended primarily for those who served in Atlantic and North Russian convoys and their escorts and for the anti U-boat campaign. It was awarded for operational service in Home Waters and the Atlantic between the declaration of war (3 September 1939) and V.E. Day (8 May 1945).
Candidates must first have qualified for the 1939-1945 Star, for which Naval personnel were required to completed six months’ service and at least one voyage in an operational area and Air Force personnel to participate in operations against the enemy and to complete two months’ service in an operational unit.
For Royal Navy and Army personnel, the Atlantic Star required 180 days’ additional service in Home Waters or the Atlantic and for RAF air crew, an additional 60 days’ service in a operational unit active against the enemy at sea.
The Star was awarded immediately if service was terminated by death, disability or wounding. Anyone qualifying for the Atlantic, France and Germany and/or Air Crew Europe Stars would be awarded only one - the first-earned but would have an appropriate clasp added to the ribbon.
The France and Germany clasp would have been awarded for operational service between D-Day (6 June 1944) and V.E. Day (8 May 1945) on land in France, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands or Germany; at sea in the North Sea south of a line from the Firth of Forth to Kristiansand, in the English Channel or in the Bay of Biscay east of longitude 6° West in direct support of land operations in those countries; in the air for operational flights over the land or sea area denoted.
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