Looking through Military History magazine you sent I noticed that story about William Hall and his Victoria Cross. I always thought the medal’s ribbon was maroon, not blue. Do you know why the illustration shows the ribbon in blue?

Peter Mersky

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Peter,

The Victoria Cross was originally issued with a wine red ribbon for army recipients and dark blue for navy ones. The blue ribbon was abolished in favor of a universal wine red after April 1, 1918, when a third arm, the Royal Air Force, was formed.

Sincerely,

 

Jon Guttman
Research Director
World History Group
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