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Quoting: Kev bywater
My late grandfather RE / RAOC was awarded the 1939-43 Star after a mission in August 1943.
What Ray is saying is that the 39-43 Star was re-designated and also had the awards criteria changed to the following:
The 1939-45 Star:
"2. (i) Approval has been granted for the prolongation of the currency of the 1939-43 Star to the 8th May, 1945, the date of the end of active hostilities in Europe.
The question of the possible prolongation of the currency of the 1939-45 Star to the end of active hostilities in the Pacific will be a matter for consideration. Meanwhile the temporary use for this distinction of the description 1939-45 Star has been authorised. The requirement that the Africa Star and this Star should not be awarded to the same individual is withdrawn. Those who have already earned the Africa Star qualify for the 1939-45 Star in addition after completing the required period of six months operational service or two months air crew operational service, as the case may be, in that, or any other, operational theatre. The conditions of award will otherwise remain as at present except for the changes referred to in the following paragraphs."
It must be accepted as a principle that the rifle, effective as it is, cannot replace the devastation produced on the enemy by the speed of the horse, the magnetism of the charge, and the terror of cold steel. - British Army Cavalry training manual 1907