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Article on the German Close Combat Awards

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)

(CS1447) A Superb example of a Bronze Close Combat Clasp. The clasp is manufactured by the firm of JFS and has this mark to the righthand side on the reverse of the clasp, between the pin, hinge and back plate. To the other side between the hook and back plate, there are the letters F.E.C. W.E. PEEKHAUS BERLIN. The hook, hinge and back plate are all magnetic on this example. The back plate is nicely held in by two central punched rivets, as is textbook for this maker. The detailing is very good and the bronze finish is very nice. A scarce badge to acquire. GBP 395.00 (UK Pounds)

(CS1448) A Classic late war Silver Close Combat Clasp of silvered zinc that has turned a slate grey. The badge has a nice steel fluted pin, hinge and hook, which are soldered to the reverse. The reverse also has a magnetic painted back plate held in by two vertical edge punches. The clasp is a classic unmarked but believed Steinhauer and Luck made example. Very nice to find. Given for 30 days hand to hand combat. Scarce to find. GBP 450.00 (UK Pounds)

(CS1449) A Gold Close Combat Clasp that has been used and worn in service. The clasp is missing its back plate and has had a hook repair. The clasp is maker marked FEC. W. PEEKHAUS BERLIN to the left and AUSF.A.G.M.u.K.GABLONZ to the right. This is the larger font style. The clasp would have had a countersunk hook and cast in hinge but as stated, the hook has been repaired. This has been done during its period of service, as it is with a lead solder, which has not been gold plated. The pin on this, has also been adapted, or personalised. The clasp retains a high percentage of its mercury gilt finish and it is quite hard to find a used example. Price for condition. GBP 750.00 (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)

(MC463) A Bronze Close Combat Clasp being an unmarked example. This is the type often found on a Steinhauer and Luck manufacturer's sample board. The clasp has the standard fluted pin with a nice hinge and hook soldered to the reverse. The back plate is crimped in on two sides and is of magnetic construction, as is the fluted pin. The bronze wash is nicely intact but oxidised. The clasp has a pleasing appearance. Verry scarce to find. This clasp is a veteran bringback from a gentleman named Sergeant George Harris of the grenadier guards armoured division. GBP 295.00 (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)

(MRS4) A Close Combat Clasp in Silver by the maker RS. This is in the rounded form. The clasp is complete with it's original back plate and silvered pin, hinge and hook that is separately applied to the clasp. The clasp is shown in the book German Combat Awards by Alan Beadle on page 100. The clasp appears to have toned since it was featured in this publication seven years ago. GBP 400.00 (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)

(S635) A Nice 1957 German Silver Close Combat Clasp. The clasp is of standard construction in a silver alloy with a magnetic backplate affixed. The clasp appears to have been used and worn. Becoming hard to acquire. GBP 65.00 (UK Pounds)

(S770) A Brand New of the book "The German Close Combat Clasp of World War Two" by Thomas Durante. . This comprehensive guide illustrates the various makers of the Army Close Combat Clasp. Germany's highest combat decoration of World War II. THe Gold Grades were awarded bu Hitler and other High ranking Leaders. Each maker is methodically presented along with every respective variation produced in unrivalled detail and clarity. The seemingly endless varients of the enigmatic A.G.M.u.K. clasp are systematically and completely cataloged as never before. Previously unknown makers of three types of unmarked Close Combat Clasps are also identified and evidence is meticulously displayed for the first time in this volume. Award cases , documents, miniatures, and the varients of the elusive Gold Presentation Clasp are also studied and supplememnted by many never before seen photographs in this all-encompassing work . The book covers over 646 pages, and is Brand New revised and expanded . If you are going to buy a Clasp this book is a must have as it not only outline the makers but cover why and how you won the award. We have managed to obtain the UK rights to distribute the book. We have a limited supply So its a first come first served basis. Also Import duty and vat charges from the USA have been paid and we can supplyed you a brand new copy, post free to the UK collectors for GBP 175.00 (UK Pounds) whilst this stock lasts. To get your copie, Just e mail us


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