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Bir Sreshtho
Awarded by Bangladesh
Type Gallantry Award
Eligibility Military only (Conferable on all ranks). Also considered for civilians.
Awarded for Bravery Dedication of Life to Save the Mother Land.To those who have performed acts of greatest heroism or most conspicuous courage in circumstances of extreme danger and have shown bravery of the highest order or devotion to the country, in the presence of the enemy on land, at sea or in the air to save the motherland.
Status Awarded by the Bangladesh Gazette 15 December 1973
Description Bir Sreshtho (বীরশ্রেষ্ঠ) (The Most Valiant Hero)
Established 1971
First awarded 15 December 1973
Last awarded 15 December 1973
Total awarded 7
7 fighters of the Bangladesh Liberation War
Next (higher) None
Equivalent None
Next (lower) Bir Uttom

The Bir Sreshtho (Bengali language: বীরশ্রেষ্ঠ ) (The Most Valiant Hero), is the highest military award of Bangladesh. It was awarded to seven freedom fighters who showed utmost bravery and died in action for their nation. They are considered martyrs.

The other three gallantry awards are named, in decreasing order of importance, Bir Uttom, Bir Bikrom and Bir Protik. All of these awards were introduced immediately after the Liberation War in 1971.

Recipients of the Bir Srestho

All the recipients of this award were killed in action during the Liberation War of 1971. The award was published by the Bangladesh Gazette on 15 December 1973. It is the highest military award of Bangladesh, similar to the American Medal of Honor or the British Victoria Cross. It has only been given in 1973 to seven people. Listed below are the people who have received the Bir Srestho. They are all considered 'Shaheed' (Martyrs).

Bangladesh Army

Serial No. ID Number & Rank Name
1 BSS-10439 Captain Mohiuddin Jahangir
2 3943014 Sepoy Hamidur Rahman
3 3937798 Sepoy Mostafa Kamal

Bangladesh Navy

Serial No. ID Number & Rank Name
4 62066 Engine Room Artificer, Class-1 Mohammad Ruhul Amin

Bangladesh Air Force

Serial No. ID Number & Rank Name
5 Pak/4367 Flight Lieutenant Matiur Rahman

Bangladesh Rifles Currently known as Border Guard of Bangladesh

Serial No. ID Number & Rank Name
6 Lance Naik Munshi Abdur Rouf
7 9459 Lance Naik Lance Naik Nur Mohammad Sheikh

Note: When referring to martyrs, the word 'shaheed' is often put before each individuals name as a mark of respect. The list has been prepared like the declaration by the Bangladesh Gazette.[1]

See also


  1. The Bangladesh Gazette, 15 December 1973.

External links

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