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Nahkampfspange in Bronze

The Close Combat Bar was initially made out of tomback an later also from zinc. After the badge was stamped out, it was finished with a bronze wash. 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 bronze grade (I Stufe) was awarded for 15 days close combat. These 15 days could be shortened to 10 days by the division commandant, when the recipient was to severely wounded to for fill the prescribed 15 days. When the recipient was awarded with the bronze grade, he also automatically was awarded the Iron Cross 2nd Class (Eiseren Kreuz 2e Klasse), if this award was not already possessed by the recipient.

Bidermann, Gottlob-Herbert* August 28th, 1920
† September 1st, 2010

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NameDate of birthDate of deathAwards
Abs, Gerhard, Karl, Alfred05-05-191627-06-1944more
Adam, Walter (Divisions-Bataillon 258)02-01-1913 more
Adamsons, Miervaldis29-06-191023-08-1948more
Adrario, Friedrich (Panzerjäger-Abteilung 272)29-11-191825-06-2011more
Afheldt, Werner (Pionier-Bataillon 186)18-11-1908 more
Ahrens, Hinrich (Grenadier-Regiment 1141)15-03-192131-12-2009more
Allersmeier, Heinz24-03-191723-03-2001more
Alm, Werner04-05-1917 more
Altermann, Karl-Heinz (Pz-Gren.Reg. 25)04-06-192226-11-2013more
Altstadt, Rudolf16-01-191427-05-1974more
Ambrosius, Dr., Lothar Adolf Heinrich11-05-190309-01-1971more
Amlacher, Kurt01-05-192102-05-1945more
Ammann, Franz (Grenadier-Regiment 256)03-11-191918-08-1943more
Ammer, Hermann (Grenadier-Regiment 62)08-03-191409-12-2000more
Andree, Harry02-10-191315-08-1944more
Andrä, Heinrich08-07-1915 more
Angendohr, Kurt22-03-192306-02-1944
Anhalt, Günther (SS-Polizei-Rgt. 2)23-01-190627-04-1945more
Anneken, Udo11-10-191711-10-1997more
Ansons, Zanis04-12-191124-11-1968more
Anzinger, Max15-09-191114-06-1944more
Armberger, Josef26-06-192021-08-1944more
Aschmann, Rudolf26-10-1921 
Asendorf, Wilhelm (Panzergrenadier-Regiment 76)27-11-1920 more
Aster, Hans-Heinrich28-10-1921 more
Auberger, Josef (Infanterie-Regiment 61)19-03-191908-04-2010more
Audenrieth, Georg20-07-191715-01-1999
Auer, Karl20-10-191631-03-1997more
Auert, Heinz11-06-192118-02-2002more

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