|The Italy Star was awarded for active service not just in Italy, but also Sicily, Greece,
Yugoslavia, Corsica, Sardinia, Elba, and the Aegean and Dodecanese. However, service
in Sicily after 17 September 1943 and in Corsica after 4 October 1943 did not
qualify. In general, entry into Austria during the closing stages of the war also qualified.
RAF aircrew who took part in operations within the Mediterranean theatre, including operations over
Europe from Mediterranean bases, also qualified. RAF ground crews and Naval shore parties were
subject to similar requirements as Army troops. Royal and Merchant Navy personnel qualified by
service afloat in and around the areas mentioned, including operations off the south of France.
The ribbon is five equal widths of red, white, green, white and red, representing the Italian national colours. There are no bars for the Italy Star, and thus it was granted in addition to other stars.
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