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WWII AUSTRALIAN / BRITISH / CANADIAN 1939-1945 THE DEFENCE MEDAL
You are buying one original WWII 1939-45 THE DEFENCE MEDAL at a time, they are all in a used similar condition. Awarded to Australian Forces, British Forces, Canadian Forces and all other Commonwealth Forces for service in WWIIc.
All the medals are in a good condition, and come with original ribbons, these medals are all guaranteed 100% original, they are un-named.
Award critera: The Defence Medal was a campaign medal of the British Commonwealth, awarded for service in World War II. It was instituted to recognise both military and some types of civilian service.
This type of service includes, but is not confined to, those civilian personnel who worked as members of:
- Australian Volunteer Defence Corps
- Australian Coast Watchers
- Home Guard
- Royal Observer Corps
- Fire Brigades, including the National Fire Service (NFS)
- Civil Defence Messenger Service
- Coast Guard
- UK / AUSTRALIA - 1080 days
- Overseas non-operational - 360 days
- Overseas non-operational in an area deemed to be closely threatened or subject to air attack -180 days.
There were about 400 coastwatchers in all?they were mostly Australian military officers, New Zealand servicemen, Pacific Islanders and escaped Allied prisoners of war.
The Australian coastwatch organisation was led by Lieutenant Commander Eric Feldt, who was based in Townsville, Australia. Their actions were particularly important in monitoring Japanese activity in the roughly one thousand islands that make up the Solomon Islands.
Many personnel who took part in coastwatcher operations behind enemy lines were commissioned as officers of the Royal Australian Navy Volunteer Reserve (RANVR) to protect them in case of capture, although this was not always recognized by the Japanese military, which executed several of them. The coastwatchers' numbers were augmented by escaped Allied personnel and even civilians. In one strange case, three German missionaries assisted the coastwatchers after escaping Japanese captivity. (Germany was an ally of Japan.)
Feldt chose "Ferdinand" as the code name for his organisation, from a popular children's book about a bull, The Story of Ferdinand. He explained this by saying:
Ferdinand ... did not fight but sat under a tree and just smelled the flowers. It was meant as a reminder to coastwatchers that it was not their duty to fight and so draw attention to themselves, but to sit circumspectly and unobtrusively, gathering information. Of course, like their titular prototype, they could fight if they were stung.
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