Badge Close combat, in metal (Nahkampfspange)
  • Badge Close combat, in metal (Nahkampfspange)
  • Badge Close combat, in metal (Nahkampfspange)

Clasp, Close combat, (Nahkampfspange), bronze

€24.17

This Close Combat clasp in Bronze metal has an antique brennlack bronze finish, as well as the full maker’s mark on the back. Complete with the correct steel original style flat pin and separate backing plate.

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This Close Combat clasp in Bronze metal has an antique brennlack bronze finish, as well as the full maker’s mark on the back. Complete with the correct steel original style flat pin and separate backing plate.

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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