War Medal. A medal issued during or for wartime service. This is a loosely used collector's term for a military medal, campaign medal or decoration awarded during or after wartime. It is somewhat of an umbrella term including a number of medals with more precise designations. Even topic collecting uses more precise terms for the several medals that fall with this designation, as military, naval, victory, and such.
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