I read with interest the thread entitled "Medal Wind Up". I can see the potential for "walting " it with these medals, but I can see a valid reason for their existence. My father and his cousin both joined up in 1948. My dad ended up in Iraq 1949-1950, and his cousin spent 1949 in Germany. Of his own admission dad's cousin was on a reasonably easy number, with no combat and mainly admin duties in and around his base, for which he received the GSM. He served his country in the capacity he was ordered, so fair enough. My dad was in a place then known as RAF Habbaniyah. Airmen were killed on a regular basis by disgruntled locals and conditions imposed on those serving there were harsh, while they tried to uphold the law there. This was considered a political situation so dad never received the GSM. The first chance he had to show anything for his time in the forces, was when the RBL came up with the national service medal. This therefore is not walting, but I wonder if the government will ever redress this imbalance, as they recently did for those who fought in Malaya.