A unique Africa Star?

Discussion in 'North Africa & the Med' started by Richelieu, Jun 15, 2018.

  1. Richelieu

    Richelieu Well-Known Member

    Was the Africa Star awarded to Eisenhower with the entitlement to wear both 1st and 8th Army emblems unique? See attached message extracted from WO 229/34.

    I have found no images of him wearing the ribbon nor star, and wonder if he received both bars when he finally received the star.

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  2. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member Patron

    Interesting document and question Richelieu. I know one thing, the British Army hate double medalling at the best of times, a few eyebrows would have been raised at Churchill's award to Eisenhower via the King.
  3. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member Patron

    Here he is wearing the ribbon and the two silver numerals:

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  4. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

  5. Ron Goldstein

    Ron Goldstein WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

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  6. Richelieu

    Richelieu Well-Known Member

    I read your post Ron.

    So, as Eisenhower was not “on the posted strength of, or attached for duty to, a formation or unit which appeared on the Order of Battle” of either army he was not entitled to either clasp!

    He must have had connections!
  7. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member Patron

    Told you people would get upset! :)
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