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

If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.


[Militaria : Medals : Third Reich : Wehrmacht]

testimonials

The pommel arrived safely today... It's a nice little object and really quite tactile... As usual, it was a pleasure to do business with you and I look forward to finding something else in your stock to tempt me.

J M, UK, 09.05.2009

The package arrived safely today. Thank you very much for the easy transaction and prompt shipping. I am very happy with the sword and hope to do business with you again.

T L, Slovenia, 28.05.2008

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