The France and Germany Star was a campaign medal of the British Commonwealth, awarded for operational services in France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany between June 6th, 1944 (D-Day) and the May 8th, 1945, the German surrender and end of active hostilities in Europe during World War Two.
The France and Germany Star is a six–pointed star of yellow copper zinc alloy, with a height of 44mm and a maximum width of 38mm. The centre of the star is the Royal Cipher of King George VI, surmounted by a crown overlaid on a circlet which bears the title of the award ‘The France and Germany Star.’ The reverse of this medal is the same as other WWII Star campaign medals and plain, with no naming.
The France and Germany Star was issued unengraved to New Zealand service persons, as were other Second World War campaign medals awarded for service for New Zealand.
The colours of the ribbon are blue, white, red, white, blue in equal width stripes which are symbolical of the Union Flag, and those of France and the Netherlands.
British uniform regulations stipulated that neither the Atlantic Star nor the France and Germany Star would be awarded to a recipient of the Air Crew Europe Star. Subsequent entitlement to the Atlantic Star or the France and Germany Star was denoted by the award of the appropriate clasp to the Air Crew Europe Star.