5,334,522 Victory medals were awarded and this gives us an idea of the scale of the war which had just been fought.
This medal was awarded to personnel who had served in an operational theatre of war either on land, in the air or at sea. The medal was instituted to obviate the need for an exchange of medals between the allies, instead each allied country issued its own victory medal using the same ribbon and an effigy of the figure of Victory - except Japan who used a traditional Samurai Warrior.
Recipients of a Mention in Despatches (MiD) during the war were authorised to wear a spray of oak leaves on the ribbon, only one emblem is worn regardless of how many time an individual is mentioned.
For full details on qualification, download the leaflet on World War One Medals from our information section:-
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