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Close Combat Clasps

(Nahkampfspange in German) This award was instituted on 25 November 1942 to recognize troops who had participated in close quarters fighting. All troops of all services were eligible. To qualify, all engagements had to be documented and verified by the division. More than one battle could also take place on a given day. In November 1944, Goring created a Luftwaffe version of the award for air force troops to supersede the previous version. The award criteria were the same.

Three grades of the award were created: Bronze, Silver, and Gold. They were presented for 15, 25 and 50 close combat engagements respectively.

The gold badge also entitled the soldier to automatically receive the Cross in Gold.

Worn above the left breast pocket.

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Close Combat Clasp, Bronze
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