WW2 Silver Hallmarked 1929 NAAFI Royal Navy Mediterranean Fleet Medal

WW2 Silver Hallmarked 1929 NAAFI Royal Navy Mediterranean Fleet Medal

Code: 19226

£80.00 Approx $99.01, €92.92, £80
(1 in stock)
 

For sale is a WW2 Silver Hallmarked 1929 NAAFI Royal Navy Mediterranean Fleet Swimming Medal. This is in excellent condition and is Silver hallmarked for Birmingham 1929 by the silversmith NAAFI. This medal weighs 18.92 grams. 

 
About NAAFI: 
 
The Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes (NAAFI) is a company created by the British government on 9 December 1920 to run recreational establishments needed by the British Armed Forces, and to sell goods to servicemen and their families. It runs clubhouses, bars, shops, supermarkets, launderettes, restaurants, cafés and other facilities on most British military bases and also canteens on board Royal Navy ships. Commissioned officers are not usually supposed to use the NAAFI clubs and bars, since their messes provide these facilities and their entry, except on official business, is considered to be an intrusion into junior ranks' private lives.
 
About the Mediterranean Fleet during WW2:
 
Malta, as part of the British Empire from 1814, was a shipping station and was the headquarters for the Mediterranean Fleet until the mid-1930s. Due to the perceived threat of air-attack from the Italian mainland, the fleet was moved to Alexandria, Egypt, shortly before the outbreak of the Second World War. 
 
Sir Andrew Cunningham took command of the fleet from Warspite on 3 September 1939, and under him the major formations of the Fleet were the 1st Battle Squadron (Warspite, Barham, and Malaya) 1st Cruiser Squadron (Devonshire, Shropshire, and Sussex), 3rd Cruiser Squadron (Arethusa, Penelope, Galatea), Rear Admiral John Tovey, with the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Destroyer Flotillas, and the aircraft carrier Glorious. 
 
In 1940, the Mediterranean Fleet carried out a successful aircraft carrier attack on the Italian Fleet at Taranto by air. Other major actions included the Battle of Cape Matapan and the Battle of Crete. The Fleet had to block Italian and later German reinforcements and supplies for the North African Campaign.
 
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