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.
This is a silver grade close combat badge which I originally purchased to complete a uniform I was working on. The badge was purchased from a reputable military dealer and I offer a 100% guarantee as to it’s originality. The reverse the award is unmarked but has the classic 6 hole backing a known maker who for whatever reason never marked his work.