List of military awards and decorations of World War II

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The Arctic Star medal recognises service between 1941 and 1945 delivering vital aid to the Soviet Union, running the gauntlet of enemy submarine, air and surface ship attacks. Arctic Star medal.jpg
The Arctic Star medal recognises service between 1941 and 1945 delivering vital aid to the Soviet Union, running the gauntlet of enemy submarine, air and surface ship attacks.

This list of military awards and decorations of World War II is an index to articles on notable military awards presented by the combatants during World War II.

Contents

Allied Powers

Australia

Greece

Soviet Union

In the Soviet Union orders and medals were also awarded to cities, factories, ships and military units.

United States

United Kingdom

France and Belgium

Poland

Yugoslavia

Axis Powers and Allies

Nazi Germany

Romania

Finland

Non-Participants

Israel

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The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to World War II:

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