Product Description: This Miniature Africa Star medal is made from lead-free pewter that is 22ct gold plated. It is supplied with approximately 9cm of ribbon. The medal is mounted on a fold-over information card that has an image of tanks of the British Army on the front and has historical information about the medal and cover image on the reverse.
Information: Awarded for one or more days’ service in North Africa between 10th June 1940 and 12th May 1943. Royal Navy personnel qualified with any service at sea in the Mediterranean within those dates and in support of campaigns in Abyssinia, Somaliland and Eritrea. Naval service ashore in the same areas as the Army also qualified as did members of the Merchant Navy in the operations off the coast of Morocco between 8th November 1942 and 12th May 1943. The Army qualifying operational areas included Abyssinia, the Somalilands, Eritrea, Sudan and in Malta but not that of West Africa. RAF qualifications were that personnel should have landed in, or flown over, any of the areas previously mentioned (except West Africa) or territory occupied by the enemy.
Cover Image – Tanks of the British Army advancing against Italian positions during operation Crusader, 1941. Only the German 88mm gun had any chance of success against the Matilda tank, since its armour was far heavier than any other tank in service at the time.