The Close Combat Clasp - Nahkampfspange - is a German military award instituted on 25 November 1942 for achievement in hand-to-hand fighting in close quarters. The Close Combat Clasp was worn above the upper left uniform pocket. The clasp was die-cast and made of either tombac or later zinc, with a slightly curved centerpiece consisting of the national emblem surmounting a crossed bayonet and hand grenade.
The award was bestowed in three classes:
- For 15 battles of close combat a Bronze Class was awarded.
- For 25 battles of close combat a Silver Class was awarded.
- For 50+ battles of close combat a Gold Class was awarded.
Eligibility: Soldiers of the Heer, Kriegsmarine and Waffen-SS
Awarded: for Achievement in hand-to-hand fighting in close quarters
Established: 25 November 1942
36,400 Bronze Class
9,500 Silver Class
631 Gold Class