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Article on the German Close Combat Awards

ARMY CLOSE COMBAT CLASPS
Awarded in Bronze, Silver And Gold for 15, 30 and 50 days of Close combat
Instituted on 25th November 1942

(CS1122) A Close Combat Clasp in bronze being of mid to late war construction, by the well known manufacterer Fredrich Linden of Ludenscheid. The clasp has its original back plate and retains a large percentage of its original finish, although this has faded. The clasp has the usual hinge and hook soldered to the reverse and according to one reference, this is the earlier style before they clamped GBP 325.00 (UK Pounds)

(CS1308) A Nice example of a WW2 German Army / Waffen-SS Close Combat Clasp. (Nahkampfspange). It is the bronze grade example and retains much of its original bronzed finish. Stamped to the reverse is "FEC W.E PEEKHAUS BERLIN AUSF A.G.M. u. K. GABLONZ" to either side of the back plate. The backing plate to the reverse of the award is a magnetic example and this is a standard MUKS design, with a countersunk hook and cast in hinge. The pin on this has been slightly bent. The clasp is slightly convexed. Nice used example. GBP 375.00 (UK Pounds)

(MC770) A Nice example of a Bronze Close Combat Clasp, being manufactured by the firm of JFS and marked as such, to the reverse. This example has the hinge and the hook counter sunk into the back of the badge, in the correct format. It has the designer's name of FEC W E PEEKHAUS BERLIN to the left and JFS to the right within a box of the magnetic backing plate. This is held in by two pieces of metal compressed over the edges. The bronzing to this award is very nice, with only a little tarnishing to the righthand bottom oakleaf. One of the more scarce makers to acquire, especially in this condition. GBP 425.00 (UK Pounds)

(N915) A mid to late war Close Combat Clasp in Bronze in it's frail cardboard box of issue. The card case was originally a one piece construction, but this has split and been repaired. The case though is complete ie both pieces are there and has the award's designation printed in black onto the card. The clasp is a mid to late war standard 1st pattern FLL clasp, with a separately soldered hinge and hook and magnetic back plate. The clasp, although it shows no wear, has faded giving a two toned bronze and silver finish. Very scarce to find, in case. GBP 695.00 (UK Pounds)

(P257) A Bronze Close Combat Clasp by the maker C E Juncker. Though the clasp has the spelling mistake of C F Juncker. In the book on close combat clasps, Thomas Durante describes this as the 1st type made by Juncker. The clasp has been used and worn and has had the pin bent by the wearer. Most of the bronzing is intact, but the metal back plate has fallen out. At some time, someone has stuck it in with glue, but the glue is all that remains!! Priced for this. GBP 225.00 (UK Pounds)

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