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About this itemOriginal medal only 32 ever awarded for outstanding service to Rhodesia. This medal was established in 1970 and last awarded in April 1981. Made from solid extra fine silver with exquisite enamel work. Cross measures 47x47mm and comes with a 175mm piece of original ribbon. Rhodesia was never beaten in battle, but was betrayed most specifically by the Jimmy Carter Administration- 1977-1980-which sacrificed Rhodesia on the altar of race politics in the USA. The Carter administration launched a huge spy operation against Rhodesia and worked tirelessly to install Marxist Robert Mugabe in the new Zimbabwe. Britain assisted.
There were five classes of the order:
Grand Commander (GCLM)
Grand Officer (GLM)
There was only 1 GLM (Military Division): Lieutenant-General Peter Walls.
There were 32 CLMs (Civil Division), one of whom one was Janet Smith, wife of Prime Minister Ian Smith.
There were 4 CLMs (Military Division), one of whom was Colonel Ronald Reid-Daly, commanding officer of the Selous Scouts.
There were 126 OLMs (Civil Division).
There were 35 OLMs (Military Division) and 10 OLMs (Military Division) (Combatant).
There were 300 MLMs (Civil Division), 55 MLMs (Military Division) and 10 MLMs (Military Division) (Combatant).
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