H056289 CLOSE COMBAT CLASP IN SILVER. (Nahkampfspange in Silber)

BACKGROUND: 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, 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: Nicely detailed, die struck, zinc alloy construction clasp with a silver washed finish. The clasp features a central square panel with a recessed background field with an embossed national eagle with out-stretched wings, positioned above a crossed bayonet and grenade, flanked by four oak-leaves and dual acorns superimpose on a ribbed, horizontal outward, pointing base. The clasp only retains a portion of its original silver washed finish. Backing plate is complete. The reverse has a soldered, block type hinge, a broad, tapering, horizontal pin and a soldered catch on an oval base plate. The clasp has no visible manufacturers markings.

GRADE *** 3/4                             PRICE $495.00

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