Honour Roll Clasp
|Honour Roll Clasp of the Army|
|Awarded by Nazi Germany|
|Eligibility||German armed forces|
|Awarded for||Awarded by discretion of German High Command|
|Campaign(s)||World War II|
|Status||Discontinued in 1945|
|Established||30 January 1944|
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 of the Army:
- 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 honor. The Waffen-SS was not legally part of the German Army, but were nevertheless eligible on the same conditions as the army.
Honor Roll Clasp of the Army
The decoration contained a wreath measuring 24.5 mm across, formed of six bunches of Oak Leaves on each side. The width of the wreath was 5 mm at the widest point and tapered to the apex where two oak leaves meet tip-to-tip. The height of the badge from base to tip was 26 mm. The swastika was superimposed upon the separately-made wreath and was soldered onto the wreath assembly. The reverse side had four pins for attachment to allow securing to a strip of Iron Cross Second Class ribbon. This ribbon was then looped through the second button hole on the tunic of the recipient.