Germany, Third Reich, Kriegsmarine U-Boat Combat Clasp, Bronze Grade, zinc with dark-bronze wash finish, this is the 2nd pattern of the badge, complete with wide scalloped or ‘fluted’ horizontal wearing pin, reverse makers marked: ‘Entwurf Peekhaus, Ausf. Schwerin-Berlin 68’. This complete with the original Detlev Niemann Certificate of Authentication for this exact badge. Scarce.
Condition: slight bubbling to the bronze wash on the reverse, the bronze wash however overall still present, Good Very Fine.
The award was instituted on 15 May, 1944 to bring the U-boat force in line with other branches of the German armed forces, all of which had a similar medal to recognize valor. There were no specified merits for earning the award; decoration was based on the recommendations of the U-boat commander and subject to approval by Karl Dönitz. Awards were often due to the number of patrols completed or demonstrations of valor in combat. According to Horst von Schroeder of U-123, 90 days were required to receive the bronze award, 180 days to receive the silver award, and although never created, 300 days were proposed for the gold award.