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WWII Nazi German Close Combat Clasp In Gold Nahkampfspange in Gold
Item #: DMCJ1
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Nicely convex, die struck alloy award with a gilt washed finish. Clasp in the form of a central square panel with recessed background field with an embossed national eagle above crossed bayonet and grenade, flanked by four oak-leaves and dual acorns superimposed on a ribbed horizontal outward pointing base. Gilt washed finish is retained about 95% with small wear to the base alloy. Magnetic backing plate behind eagle, bayonet and grenade motif is held in place by crimped sides at reverse. Reverse with broad, tapering horizontal pin, solid soldered hinge and catch all intact. Reverse well marked with embossed designer's name and address, "Fec. W.E. Peekhaus Berlin" and manufacturer's initials, "FLL.", with each initial encompassed by a circular border indicating manufacture by Friedrich Linden, Ludenscheid.
The Close Combat Clasp was introduced on November 25TH 1942 for award to personnel who fought in hand-to-hand combat situations unsupported by armor. The Clasp was issued in three grades, bronze, silver and gold, with each successive grade signifying more days spent in hand-to-hand or close combat. Criteria for award of the clasps consisted of fifteen days of hand-to hand combat for bestowal of the bronze clasp, thirty days of hand-to-hand combat for bestowal of the silver clasp and fifty days of hand-to-hand combat for bestowal of the gold clasp. There was also a prescribed, combat to time served ratio, enabling long serving personnel to be eligible for award of a clasp.