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Title Nahkampf Spange in gold (zinc version)
Nationality German
Period c 1942-45

This is, in rank, just under the value of the German Cross in gold. It was awarded approximately 403 times to members of the Waffen SS and Army and Hitler considered it to be the highest infantry decoration, reserving the right to award it personally. The qualifications required were 50 days hand-to-hand combat, or 40 if the recipient was wounded.

This is made of zinc or pot metal, which has a heavy coat of gilding to the front, showing wear to the highlights (viz the bayonet blade, etc), and is nicely marked 'FEC.W.E.Peekhaus Berlin' (the designer), the maker being 'Ausf. A.G.M.u.K. Gablonz'. The reverse of the plate has a nice patinated bronze finish and the steel backing panel has been carefully restored, the original having been lost.

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[Militaria : Medals : Third Reich : Wehrmacht]


I have in the last six months inherited my late father Alan Swain's police memorabilia collection along with much paperwork receipts etc. I would like to pass on to you my thanks for such good dealership with my father going back to the late 80s and well into the 1990s.

Laurence Swain, UK, 20.08.2016

It is here! Very nice piece! That is a wonderful birthday present for my new life.

M G, Germany, 29.02.2008