Awarded for entry into an operational area in North Africa between 10 June 1940 (the date of Italy’s declaration of war) and 12 May 1943 (the end of operations in North Africa), but service in Abyssinia (Ethiopia), Somaliland, Eritrea and Malta also qualified for the award.
Clasps – North Africa 1942-43, 8th Army, 1st Army.
The clasp North Africa 1942-43 was awarded to personnel of the Royal Navy Inshore Squadrons and Merchant navy vessels which worked inshore between these dates.
The colours of the ribbon represent the desert and the three services.
Description courtesy of the MEDAL YEARBOOK. Image by John Davis © South Gloucestershire Council.
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