Obverse (left), reverse (right)
and ribbon of medal
|Awarded by United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Kenya|
|Eligibility||Civilians, police, and military personnel who participated in the resolution of Zimbabwean independence|
|Awarded for||14 days of service in Rhodesia between 1 December 1979 and 20 March 1980|
|Total awarded||152 to Australians |
|Next (higher)||Varies by country|
|Next (lower)||Varies by country|
The Rhodesia Medal was initiated by the British Government in consultation with Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Kenya, whose forces took part in Operation AGILA, (Operation MIDFORD for the New Zealand forces). The role of the multi-national force was to keep peace between 22,000 guerrilla fighters and the Rhodesian forces during the ceasefire run-up to the 1980 elections.
Each country treats the medal as part of its own honours system.
The medal is awarded for service of at least 14 days between 1 December 1979 and 20 March 1980, to members of the military and police forces, as well as eligible civilians, who participated in the lead-up to Zimbabwean independence.
The Rhodesia Medal is circular, made of rhodium-plated cupro-nickel. The obverse features the crowned effigy of Queen Elizabeth II. The reverse of the medal depicts a sable antelope surrounded by the inscription 'THE RHODESIA MEDAL' and '1980'. The medal is suspended from a ribbon sky-blue in colour with three central stripes of red, white and blue.
- It's an Honour - Australian Government site
- ADF Honours and Awards
- NZDF Medals
- Rhodesia Medal Regulations
- Medal Yearbook 2013. Honiton, Devon: Token. 2013. p. 393. ISBN 978-1-908-828-00-2.
- "THE ORDER OF WEARING AUSTRALIAN HONOURS AND AWARDS" (pdf). 25 September 2007. Retrieved 2011-10-04.
- "THE WEARING OF MEDALS IN NEW ZEALAND TABLE – A GUIDE TO THE CORRECT ORDER OF WEAR". New Zealand Defence Force. 4 October 2011. Retrieved 2011-10-04.
- The London Gazette: . 17 January 2011.
- The London Gazette: . 17 March 2003.