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U-Boat Front Clasp

The U-boat Front Clasp, or Combat Clasp as it was better known was awarded to holders of the U-boat War Badge to recognize continued combat service and valor. It was instituted on 15 May 1944 to bring the U-boat force into line with other organizations of the armed forces, all of which had a similar medal to recognize valor. There were no fixed merits to earn the award, but was based on the recommendations of the U-boat commander and subject to approval by Admiral Donitz.

The U-boat Front Clasp consisted of an oval wreath, adorned by a fan of six oak leaves on both sides. A submarine lay in the middle of the wreath with a German eagle above it. This medal came in three grades; bronze, silver and gold.

U-boat Front Clasp

The Bronze grade was the lowest grade and awarded based on the number of war patrols, the degree of risks involved in the mission and for personal bravery. On 24th November 1944, the Silver grade was introduced to further recognize Bronze holders with continued merits and acts of valor. There were some reports of the Gold grade, though it is uncertain if it has ever been awarded.

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