Nahkampfspange in Silber

Germany (1933-1945, German Reich)

Translation: Close Combat Bar in Silver
Number of awards in the database: 236
Total awarded for WW II: unknown

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The Close Combat Bar was initially made out of tomback an later also from zinc. After the badge was stamped out, it was silver plated. Most of these bars are zinc examples. These zinc examples are less of quality and nowadays have lost most of there finish. This award is long shaped with a length of a 9,7cm and a height of 2,6cm. The badge is slightly concave so it fits better to the chest of the recipient. The centre motive is made of a square with at the top a typical spread-winged Wehrmacht eagle and this eagle is clutching a swastika in its claws. Underneath this swastika are a crossed stick grenade and bayonet placed. The other three borders of the square consist of each two oak leaves. From either side of this central motive, emerges a single oak leaf with at the upper and lower corner an acorn. From underneath the tip of this single oak leaf, a spray of three other oak leaves emerges. Between the centre motive and the outer oak leaves are two striped areas, which you could see as sunburst rays. At the reverse is a long horizontally lying needle with a standard hook construction mounted. In the centre is a small black finished backing plate crimped into position. This was done to highlight the centre motive at the obverse. At the reverse is also usually the name or logo from the manufacturer stamped.

The silver grade (II Stufe) was awarded for 30 days close combat. These 30 days could be shortened to 20 days by the division commandant, when the recipient was to severely wounded to for fill the prescribed 30 days. When the recipient was awarded with the silver grade, he also automatically was awarded the Iron Cross 1st Class (Eiseren Kreuz 1e Klasse), if this award was not already possessed by the recipient.
 

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Picture source:   - Hermann Historica Auktioneers
Information source(s):   - Wehrmacht-awards.com
- Ailsby C., World War 2 German medals, Ian Allen Publishing, 2003
- Williamson G., World War II German Battle Insignia, Osprey Publishing, USA Edition, 2002.
- Lumsden R., Third Reich Militaria (revised edition), Ian Allan Publishing, Herham, 2003.
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