The France & Germany Star was awarded for operational services in France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany between June 6th, 1944 (D-Day) and the May 8th, 1945, (the German surrender). Operational service in the Royal and Merchant Navies in the English Channel, North Sea and Bay of Biscay in connection with the campaign in Northern Europe also qualified. Naval service off the coast of the South of France did not qualify for this award, but qualified fot the Italy Star.
RAF aircrews having taken part in an operational sortie over Europe between June 6th, 1944 and May 8th, 1945 as well as aircrews who flew operations over Europe from Mediterranean bases did not qualify for this award either but for the Italy Star.
Personnel qualifying for the France & Germany Star and the Atlantic Star, only received the first award with a suitably inscribed bar for the second attached to the ribbon.
The France & Germany Star is a six pointed star with the Royal Cipher ‘GRI VI’ on the obverse surmounted by a crown with the inscription ‘THE FRANCE AND GERMANY STAR’. The reverse is plain and blank and the award is issued unnamed.
The ribbon is 1.25 inches wide with three equal stripes of dark blue, white and red, representing the Union Jack and the flags of France and the Netherlands.