British Military & Criminal History
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This section of my web site is concerned with the campaign medals that have been awarded for campaigns that either took place within the 20th century or have played an important role in influencing British history during this period.
What's the difference?
Gallantry medals are generally awarded for specific acts of bravery performed by an individual.
Campaign medals are awarded for participating in a particular sphere, campaign or other similar geographic region. They are a country's recognition of the services rendered by the recipient's presence in the appropriate area. All the campaign medals have qualification requirements, such as achieving a number of days in the relevant area and attachment to certain units.
While campaign medals are not awarded for acts of gallantry, it should be remembered that some of these campaign medals (especially the First World War medals) commemorate service in some of the bloodiest battles ever fought by UK and Commonwealth forces.