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United Nations Medals - The United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan Medal

Obverse View

The United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan Medal obverse view

Reverse View

The United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan Medal reverse view

About this medal

The United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) was formed in 1949 to propose terms for a truce between the two countries. The medal is awarded for six months service in the area. The Sovereign has given approval for New Zealanders, who meet the eligibility criteria, to accept and wear the United Nations Medal for service with UNMOGIP.

The same medal ribbon was awarded to those personnel, including New Zealanders, who served for six months with the United Nations India-Pakistan Observation Mission (UNIPOM) between 1965 and 1966. The United Nations Medal for service with UNIPOM is approved for acceptance and wear by eligible New Zealand personnel.

The medal is bronze with an image of the globe (centred on the North Pole) surrounded by a wreath of leaves on the front (obverse). The letters ‘UN’, in capitals, sit above the image of the globe. On the reverse are the words "IN THE SERVICE OF PEACE".  The same medal design, with different ribbons, is used for awards of the United Nations Medal and for awards of the United Nations Special Service Medal.

About the ribbon

The ribbon of the UNMOGIP Medal has a wide central band in various shades of green represents the Himalayan Range and the Kashmir Valley. The white stripes flanking the green represent the snow-capped mountains. At each edge of the ribbon is a band of United Nations blue.

Further Information

Further Information on the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan Medal can be found on the United Nations website.

Clasps and Bars

Silver numerals worn on the medal ribbon are awarded to denote additional periods of service on the same mission.

Order of Wear

The Order of Wear Table can be viewed here.