Badge Close combat, in metal (Nahkampfspange)

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Badge Close combat, in metal (Nahkampfspange). 

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The Close Combat Bar was instituted on November 25, 1942 by Adolph Hitler, in order to recognize the courage of the German soldier in hand-to-hand combat. The award was given in three classes: For 15 days of combat a Bronze Class was awarded. For 30 days of combat a Silver Class. For 50 days of combat a Gold Class. If the soldier was wounded in battle, the criteria was reduced to 10, 20 and 40 days. It was also given as a posthumous award and presented to the next-of-kin in a certificate. In addition the award was also retroactive credited for those soldiers who participated since the initial invasion of the Soviet Union on 22 June 1941. For 8 months service, 5 close combat days were credited. For 12 months service, 10 close combat days were credited. For 15 months service, 15 close combat days were credited.

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Badge Close combat, in metal (Nahkampfspange)

Badge Close combat, in metal (Nahkampfspange)

Badge Close combat, in metal (Nahkampfspange). 

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