SILVER GRADE CLOSE COMBAT BADGE 6 HOLE BACKING VERSION
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.
A Silver Grade Close Combat Clasp by the Unknown 6-Dot Maker
A textbook example of an mid-war manufacture German “Nahrkampfspange”; in silvered vaulted zinc with a national eagle and a bayonet and a hand grenade in the centerpiece, with sun rays emanating from the centre of the left and right sides, and with four oak leaves and two acorns on each side; the reverse plain, with a square magnetic backing plate; horizontal banjo style pin, with a barrel hinge and a flat wire catch on the reverse; measuring 96.34 mm x 25.75 mm; weighing 32.0 grams; of note are the 6 dotted stampings on the reverse, used by this maker to hold the magnetic backplate in its place. In overall better than very fine condition.
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