ϟϟ-Panzergrenadier-Division „Wiking“

SS-Oberscharführer SS-Pz.Gren.Div.Wiking
This photograph shows an unidentified highly combat experienced SS-Oberscharführer of SS-Panzergrenadier-Division Wiking, awarded both the Iron Cross First Class and the Close Combat Clasp. Both awarded in order to recognize the courage of the soldier in hand-to-hand combat in close quarters and for outstanding bravery on the battlefield. He also wears the Infantry Assault Badge and the Wound Badge. The Close Combat Clasp Gold (Nahkampfspange) was only awarded after 50+ days of close combat. It is slightly convex, with the center piece consisting of the national emblem surmounting a crossed bayonet and hand grenade. Image: Ukraine 1943. Fair use.

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