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Brian Wolfe
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Hello Everyone,

A 30 year Military Service Medal has just arrived to join the 10 and 20 year medals in my collection. I had bid on and "won" a 30 year medal on eBay back in September 2007 and after a long wait the medal never arrived and the seller dropped out of e$cam so I was out the cash and the gong.

A dealer from Islamabad who had sold me the 10 and 20 year medal was offering a 30 year medal for sale. It arrived two days ago (Thursday) and I am very happy to be adding it to my collection.

Next, the 40 year medal.

I hope you like it. The obverse views of the medals are, from left to right, the 10, 20 and 30 year medal. These were implemented in 1992 and were issued unnamed.

Cheers :cheers:

Brian

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Great pictures - I have all these in my own collection of Pakistani medals but I have never see a 40 year medal offered for sale.

I have just bought a Tamgha-i-Khidmat Class III (with the white enamel centre) from ebay at the princley sum of £15. Looking forward to recieving it.

Steve R

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Great pictures - I have all these in my own collection of Pakistani medals but I have never see a 40 year medal offered for sale.

I have just bought a Tamgha-i-Khidmat Class III (with the white enamel centre) from ebay at the princley sum of £15. Looking forward to recieving it.

Steve R

Hello Steve,

When the Tamgha-i-Khidmat arrives please be sure to post it. I am surprised that it went for £15, I think that is a pretty good buy. Well done.

Regards

Brian

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Hi Brian and all,

My Tamgha-i-Khidmat III has arrived here is a quick pic - I will take a comparison pic with my 1st version Tamgha-i-Khidmat III later.

Medal was in a London jewellers case but Im not sure if this is original I thought these awards were made in Pakistan - Can anyone enlighten me..?

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The Tamgha-i-Khidmat, Classes I, II and III are awarded only to Junior Commissioned Officers, for rendering long, meritirious or (note "or") distinguished service of a non-operational nature. [Medals Catalogue of Pakistan, Yahya Qureshi and Rafiq Kasbati, page 31]

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Brian

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The "Medals Catalouge of Pakistan" written by Yahya Qureshi and Rafiq Kasbati does not list a 35 year medal. Their 1st edition was printed in 2009, so it should be current. According to Ed Haines over on SAGongs he mentions that Musharraf has a 40 year medal, that also is not listed in the catalouge,but would make sense as they go in 10 year increments.

http://sagongs.ipbhost.com/index.php?showtopic=1884&st=0&p=10848&hl=tamgha-i-khidmat&fromsearch=1&#entry10848

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The "Medals Catalouge of Pakistan" written by Yahya Qureshi and Rafiq Kasbati does not list a 35 year medal. Their 1st edition was printed in 2009, so it should be current. According to Ed Haines over on SAGongs he mentions that Musharraf has a 40 year medal, that also is not listed in the catalouge,but would make sense as they go in 10 year increments.

I know this catalogue. It is very good but still incomplete. Here is a photo of Pervez Musharraf, taken about 2008. The ribbons of his LSMs are clearly seen on his uniform, starting from the 2nd place in the 3rd row (10 years), through 20, 30, 35 and 40 (2nd in the 4th row). The ribbon for 35 years is 1st in the 4th row. As it is placed between the ribbons for 30 and 40 years, it is unlikely to be anything else. The medal is quite recent, established, I think, ca. 2008.

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A peculiarity of Pakistani LSMs is that unlike in most other countries, they are worn in reverse order, starting from the lowest (10 years). I think it follows the rule regarding campaign medals, where a later awarded medal is worn after one awarded earlier.

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Hello Everyone,

 

It is not often that I get the chance to add a new specimen to the Pakistan collection, as is evidenced by the last post dated June 16, 2012 as seen above.  I am lucky to have a source in Pakistan and he has found me a 35 year military service medal which arrived yesterday.  These are hard to find as can be imagined with only one higher, the 40 year service medal.  From what my source has told me there have only been 8 of the 40 year service medals awarded to date and only one of those found its way to market.  He missed the chance to own the  40 and I am sure I will be many years older before another is offered for sale.

The date the 35 year medal was instituted is not know at this time but we know it would have to be post 1992 (the year the 30 year medal was instituted.

I hope you like my newest addition.

Regards

Brian

 

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Hello Hashim,

Welcome to the forum and thank you for the complement  I agree the 40 year service medal is the rarest and I doubt I will ever see one in my collection. This is the first photo I have seen of the "40" and it is rather impressive, thank you for adding valuable information to this post, it is greatly appreciated.

You must be very proud of your grand dad and anyone who has studied the military history of Pakistan knows just how rigorous and dangerous military service can be.  Pakistan has also contributed a great deal outside of their own country in the promotion of world peace, through the United Nations and their relationship with NATO.

Regards

Brian

 

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