H026781 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, 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, injection molded alloy construction clasp with a bronze washed finish. The clasp features a central square panel with a recessed background field with an embossed national eagle with outstretched wings, positioned above a crossed bayonet and stick grenade, flanked by four oak-leaves and dual acorns superimposed on a ribbed, horizontal outward, pointing base. The recessed central square panel has a blued magnetic sheet metal backing plate behind the eagle, bayonet and grenade motif which is held in place by crimped side tabs on the reverse. The solid reverse has an integral hinge, a broad, tapering, fluted, horizontal pin and a soldered catch inset into a circular recess with a circular base plate all intact. The reverse is well marked with the embossed designer's name and address, "Fec. W.E. Peekhaus Berlin" and the manufacturer's initials and location, "Ausf. A.G.M.u. K. Gablonz", indicating manufacture by Arbeitsgemeinschaft Metall und Kunstoff (Study Group Metal and Synthetic Products). Nice clean example.

GRADE ****1/2                             PRICE $419.00

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