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  1. Who can wear military medals?

    Who can wear military medals?
    Military medals are a prestigious award given to servicemen in the Army, Navy and Royal Air Force to acknowledge acts of gallantry and in recognition of service. For this reason, there are strict rules surrounding the wearing of military medals, as well as guidelines for the correct display of commemorative medals. Guidelines for official military medals and active servicemen Official...
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  2. 80th Anniversary of D-Day

    80th Anniversary of D-Day
    The 6th of June marks the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings - history’s largest seaborne invasion, code-named Operation Overlord. The Allied forces launched an attack on France by land, air and sea, which was occupied by the Nazi’s at the time of the invasion. D-Day was one of the most significant moments of the battle and this military victory...
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  3. The 75th Anniversary of the Creation of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO)

    The 75th Anniversary of the Creation of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO)
    This year marks the 75th anniversary of NATO - the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. In this blog, we will take a look at the history of NATO, why it was formed and its relevance today. What is NATO? NATO is the largest peacetime military alliance in the world. The organisation was formed on the 4th of April 1949 and is...
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  4. What is the difference between Official and Commemorative Medals?

    What is the difference between Official and Commemorative Medals?
    There are many rules to adhere to when it comes to the correct wear of military medals, with even more guidelines to consider for commemorative medals.  In this blog, we will discuss the key differences between these types of medals, with examples of medals that fall within these categories. What are Official British Campaign Medals? Official military medals are awarded...
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  5. Can military medals be replaced?

    Can military medals be replaced?
    There are many reasons why you may need to replace a military medal; it is possible to get a genuine replacement, but you must meet certain criteria. In this blog, we will explain how to apply for a replacement medal and the alternative options available. Ordering a Replacement Medal The Ministry of Defence Medal Office will only supply a replacement...
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  6. How to Display Military Medals

    How to Display Military Medals
    There are several ways that military medals can be presented, from medal display boxes to wearing them on the breast of your blazer. In this blog, we will look at each of these methods so you can preserve your military medals and ensure they are worn correctly.  How to wear medals on a blazer and medal mounting It is acceptable...
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  7. Britain's most prestigious honour - The Victoria Cross

    Britain's most prestigious honour - The Victoria Cross
    Being awarded the Victoria Cross is amongst the highest of achievements for a British soldier - it holds joint status with the George Cross. Only those who have shown extreme gallantry in the presence of an enemy are eligible to receive the medal; considered heroes with their impressive tales of bravery left to inspire soldiers of future generations.  British Medals...
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  8. What is Remembrance Day?

    What is Remembrance Day?
    Remembrance Day, or Armistice Day, always falls on the 11th of November and is marked with a minute’s silence at 11 a.m. Why? Back in 1918, this was the date and time that World War I officially ended. Today, we use this moment to remember and pay respect to people who lost their lives fighting for our country, freedom and...
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  9. What Are Commemorative Military Medals

    What Are Commemorative Military Medals
    Commemorative Military Medals are struck by reputable medal companies, usually upon request of a veteran group or charity. They differ from Official Military Medals in this respect, which are approved by His Majesty The King, or by those who reigned before him. Each medal commemorates a historic event, for example, the King’s Coronation, or to recognise a valuable contribution, such...
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  10. 60 Years Since the Great British Train Robbery

    60 Years Since the Great British Train Robbery
    The 8th of August 2023, marks 60 years since the infamous Great Train Robbery. While for most it was an ordinary summer bank holiday in Scotland, 15 outlaws were getting ready to execute one of the most ambitious and memorable heists in British history. The Day of the Robbery Aboard the Travelling Post Office train were the usual cargo of...
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