The obverse of the medal comprises the flags of the three main players in the Cold War; the Soviet Union being contained by the United States and the UK showing the dates 1945-1991.
The reverse features the Russian Bear clutching a missile which is symbolic of the USSR stand-off, confronted by the Lion representing the forces of the United Kingdom and its allies. The Eagle of the United States completes the combined opposition to the Soviet Union at the time of the Cold War.
The ribbon has a configuration similar to that commonly used on Soviet medal ribbons with the red white and blue on the left edge representing the allies and the bright red of the Soviet flag on the right. This medal is supplied on a concealed single pin, ready to wear.
The commemorative Cold War Medal is available to those who served during the Cold War 1945-1991, their next of kin or direct descendants.The medal is fitted with a uniquely woven ribbon, completed with a concealed individual brooch bar, ready to wear with pride, not alongside campaign medals, gallantry decorations or in uniform by serving members but separately and distinctively.