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ChrisW

A happy Egyptian couple in the 1970s

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She's definitely got a unique style, but he's wearing all the bling.

He's a major general in the Air Defense Forces, wearing full-sized medals of the Military Star, Military Medal of Courage, Medal of Military Duty and Medal of Training. I'm having a little trouble placing the order around his neck -- Order of Merit? 

He's also got an unusual rectangular cloth or medal patch underneath the Air Defense Forces shield on his arm.

I haven't gone through the ribbons in detail but they include most of the standard Egyptian commemorative and service awards from the 1950s and 1960s.

Chris

 

Air Defense MG with Wife 1970s.jpg

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Chris, Thanks for posting this image.  His neck badge looks to be a Saudi Order of King Abdulaziz, commander grade [last ribbon on bar suggests same award]. 

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Chris & 922F-I agree - look at Ed Haynes' post: 

and Antonio Prieto's post here: 

 

 

Edited by Rusty Greaves

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922F and Rusty,

Many thanks for identifying this! It hadn't occurred to me it could be a foreign award. Perhaps our general was a military attache in Riyadh.

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Yes, definitely the Saudi Order of Abdulaziz which was instituted in March 1971, Regards, Owain

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Am I right to see also the ribbon of the Sinai Star on the top of his ribbons?

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Lukasz,

The first ribbon is actually the Order of Liberation commemorating the 1952 Revolution, with the gold palm leaf for officers; this is one of the most commonly-seen ribbons among modern Egyptian medals, and almost always occupies the first spot in a ribbon bar. The Sinai Star ribbon is horizontal stripes of red/white/black. Antonio Prieto's ribbon chart is a useful guide. egipto2.gif

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