RARE ORIGINAL MAKER MARKED THIRD REICH

NAHKAMPFSPANGE IN BRONZE

CLOSE COMBAT CLASP IN BRONCE

FULL MONEY BACK GUARANTEE FOR AUTHENTICITY

item # Y-117

Offered here is an early war Tombak piece that is bronzed washed. The badge still has the light wash remaining. Some companies made badges out of bronze, and others made a Tombak or zinc version and gilted the badge. This one is hallmarked FEC.W.E.PEEKHAUS BERLIN and maker FLL the prestigious firm of Friedrich Linden, Ludenscheid. This firm is highly desireable for their quality badges.

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RARE ORIGINAL MAKER MARKED THIRD REICH

NAHKAMPFSPANGE IN BRONZE

CLOSE COMBAT CLASP IN BRONCE

FULL MONEY BACK GUARANTEE FOR AUTHENTICITY

The Close Combat Clasp (German: Nahkampfspange) is a German military award instituted on 25 November 1942 for achievement in hand to hand fighting in close quarters. The Close Combat Clasp was worn above the upper left uniform pocket. The clasp was die-cast and made of either tombac or later zinc, with a slightly curved and hand centerpiece consisting of the national emblem surmounting a crossed bayonet and hand grenade.

The award was bestowed in three classes:

For 15+ days of close combat a Bronze Class was awarded.

For 30+ days of close combat a Silver Class was awarded.

For 50+ days of close combat a Gold Class was awarded.

An exemption was made if the soldier was wounded in battle so badly that his injuries precluded a return to the front. In such a case, the criteria were reduced to 10, 20 and 40 days. The highest number of days in combat recorded is listed at 84 by SS-Hauptscharführer Hermann Maringgele.

THIS RARE ORIGINAL MAKER MARKED THIRD REICH

NAHKAMPFSPANGE IN BRONZE

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