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Close Combat Clasp

Summary
The Close Combat Clasp (Nahkampfspange) was a World War II German military award instituted on 25 November 1942 for participation in hand-to-hand fighting at close quarters. Intended primarily for infantry, other Wehrmacht, Waffen-SS, ground Luftwaffe units and paratroopers were also eligible. Eligibility The award was bestowed in three classes: *Bronze for 15 close combat actions; *Silver for 25 close combat actions; *Gold for 50 close combat actions. Close combat actions were counted from 1 December 1942, with earlier long service on the Eastern Front counting towards the award, with 15 continuous months counting as 15 combat days; 12 months as 10 days; and 8 months as 5 days. For those who had received disabling wounds, there was discretion to make the award after 10, 20 and 40 actions. As the war continued, a number of amendments were made to the award criteria: *From 4 August 1944, only front-line actions could count towards the clasp, with rear actions against pa
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