I wonder if you could help me, my Father was given the Italian Star Medal with an oak leaf on the ribbon and mentioned in dispatches for his service during World War 2 but I cannot find out what he was given it for. I hope you can point me in the right direction to find out this information. His name was Arthur Chapman Army No 10571181 in the R.A.O.C.
If you know your father’s unit then you should get the War Diaries for that unit from the National Archives in Kew. These give a very detailed picture of where the unit was deployed each day and what they got up to.
If getting to Kew is challenging and impractical, I can recommend a few people who will source them for you for £0.10 a page. I use them a lot because I live in York. A very efficient service.