The Rhodesian General Service Medal (RhGSM) was issued to all members of the Security
Forces for service on operations undertaken for the purposes of combating terrorist
or enemy incursions into Rhodesia. The RhGSM’s were made from cupro-nickel.
There were two issues of the medal and both issues are shown here. Some collectors
believe that there were up to five issues but I disagree with this. The medals were
struck and my information is that over time the dies started to wear from the large
amount of medals being made. This is why there are a number of variations. Eventually
a new die was made and used and this produced what I call the 2nd Issue. I have seen
no evidence to suggest that there were more than two dies ever made.
The colours of the ribbon represented the different units of the Security Forces
that the medal was awarded to.
Red represented the Rhodesian Army, Cambridge Blue represented the Rhodesian Air
Force, and Oxford Blue & Gold represented the British South Africa Police. The RhGSM’s
were made by Matthews Manufacturing in Bulawayo.
There were no post nominals for the Rhodesian General Service Medal although myself
and other collectors tend to use RhGSM as a short hand way of replacing the long