M-313A

German WWII Close Combat Clasp in Bronze

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  • $ 355


German WWII Close Combat Clasp in Bronze-This example is a good starter piece. This is a scarce unmarked example. This example has lost all of its original bronze finish and is missing its backplate. The remaining zinc has toned to a very warm, dark color. The details are strong. There is some verdigris on the obverse so please be sure to look closely at the photos. Despite missing the backplate and the finish, this is in good condition and would make a very nice display piece. $355

History: 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.