Honour Roll Clasp for Kriegsmarine
Honour Roll Clasp for the Kriegsmarine, reproduction made of metal with 12cm of the Iron Cross ribbon.
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The Honour Roll Clasp (German: Ehrenblattspange) was a German awards during World War II. A total number of 4,556 were awarded to members of the army and Waffen SS.
The Honour Roll Clasp of the army was instituted after the German invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941. Until 30 January 1944, it was only a paper award. After this date, Adolf Hitler introduced the metallic version of the award for the decoration. There were a number of possible qualifications for the Honour Roll Clasp:
- The award could only be bestowed after a recipient had been awarded the Iron Cross in both the First and Second Class.
- To those who "once again (after being awarded the Iron Cross in both classes) distinguished himself in combat".
- Inclusion in the Honour Roll of the German Army (the Ehrenblatt des deutschen Heeres)
There were no specific qualifications to earn this award other than what is mentioned above; its bestowing was at the discretion of the German High Command. It was awarded sparingly to retain a high level of prestige and honour. The Waffen SS was not legally part of the German Army, but were nevertheless eligible on the same conditions as the army. There were also two variant versions awarded to recipient members of the kriegsmarine and luftwaffe.