Campaign Badge – Mediterranean WWII




Each campaign badge measures 2cm diameter.  On the back the history of the campaign is outlined.

‘At the onset of war in 1939, the Royal Australian Navy numbered two heavy cruisers, four light cruisers, five destroyers, three sloops and a variety of support and ancillary craft.  During the 27 months that ensued from the decleration of war against germany and the Japanese attack on the American Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbour, units of the RAN were engaged in operations against the enemy as far afield as the North, West and South Atlantic, the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, the Indian Ocean, Persian Gulf and Red Sea.

The RAN distinguished itself in the Mediterranean through the exploits of the Scrap Iron Flotilla and the cruisers, most notably HMAS Sydney with her destruction of the Italian cruiser Bartolomeo Colleoni.  Unfortunately Sydney was later to be lost with all hands.’