H051688 CLOSE COMBAT CLASP IN BRONZE. (Nahkampfspange in Bronze)

BACKGROUND: The Close Combat Clasp series of awards were 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, of 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.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Die struck zinc construction clasp. The clasp features a central square panel with a recessed background field with an embossed national eagle with out-stretched wings, clutching a canted swastika in itís talons, positioned above a crossed bayonet and grenade, flanked by four oak-leaves and dual acorns superimpose on a ribbed, horizontal outward, pointing base. The recessed, central, square panel has a blued, magnetic sheet metal, backing plate positioned behind the eagle, bayonet and grenade motif which is held in place by six small, crimped side dots on the reverse. The solid reverse has a solid, soldered, hinge, a broad, tapering, horizontal pin and catch. This is the "6 dot" examples produced by W. Hobacher. Scarce.

GRADE *** 3/4                             PRICE $499.00

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