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Siachen Glacier Medal, attributed, Artillery
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Siachen Glacier Medal, attributed, Artillery
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Circular cupro-nickel medal with claw and fixed ribbon suspension bar; the face with the Ashokan Lions above the Indian National motto ‘सत्यमेव जयते’ (Satyameva Jayate = Truth Alone Prevails), circumscribed ‘SIACHEN GLACIER MEDAL’ in Hindi and Latin characters; the reverse with a stylised mountain landscape with a soldier standing guard centrally, a helicopter overhead; attributed on the edge to ‘18415022 GNR R KUMAR ARTY’; on original ribbon. The medal was instituted on 17 July 1984 and awarded to both army and air force personnel and auxiliary forces for combat service in the initial conflict with Pakistan between 12 and 18 April 1984 and also for 30 days’ subsequent service in the area (this time limit being waived for those earning a gallantry award or mention in despatches or those killed or wounded in the area). The Siachen Glacier is the world’s highest battleground at 6,600 metres (22,000 feet). Winds blow at up to 190mph (300kph) and temperatures can fall as low as minus 86° C (minus 122° F). This well-earned medal is not often found.

 
Siachen Glacier Medal, attributed, Artillery
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Siachen Glacier Medal, attributed, Artillery
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Siachen Glacier Medal, attributed, Artillery
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Siachen Glacier Medal, attributed, Artillery
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