German WWII Close Combat Clasp in Bronze-This is a handsome looking example. It retains approx. 80% of its original bronze finish, which is quite light in color. It has a great light tone to it. The backplate is in place. The finish on the reverse has darkened nicely. The pin and catch setup functions as intended. A desirable badge with great color and terrific details.
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.