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Article about: Hello Gents, stupid question time???.. I know the word "Kampf" is translated into Struggle in English..but I keep seeing it in the names of awards like the PAB,& Close combat a

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    Hello Gents, stupid question time???.. I know the word "Kampf" is translated into Struggle in English..but I keep seeing it in the names of awards like the PAB,& Close combat awards... So where does the word come into play????. Just wondering!!! Thanks for your time Terry.

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    It means a variety of things, including struggle, battle, fight, etc.

    'Panzerkampfabzeichen' translates to 'Tank Assault Badge'

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    Cheers ObKrieger I thought it meant something like that!! It just seemed a little strange to have a Tank Struggle badge...in english!!! Cheers Terry.

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    Terry

    It does mean struggle as in Mein Kampf but also means battle, fight or combat.

    Hence

    Nahkampf - close combat

    Kampfgruppe - battle group

    Panzerkampf - tank battle or perhaps tank combat in the context of the badge.

    Regards

    Richie

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    In the context of TR decorations it can be translated as 'Combat' or 'Battle'.

    The word 'Sturm' would be a better translation for 'Assault'.

    For example:

    Tank Battle Badge = Panzer Kampf Abzeichen.

    Nahkampfspange = Close Combat Clasp.

    Infanterie Sturm Abzeichen = Infantry Assault Badge.

    Allgemeine Sturm Abzeichen = General Assault badge.

    No doubt some native German speakers will be along to correct me but this is how I see it!

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    Or Close Combat Clasp.

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    Thanks for the replies guys very interesting....At least today hasn't been a waste I've learnt something new!!!! Cheers Terry.

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    It can also mean 'contest' as in Wettkampf


    Nick
    "In all my years as a soldier, I have never seen men fight so hard." - SS Obergruppenfuhrer Wilhelm Bittrich - Arnhem

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    Or can be used thus: 'Klag nicht, kämpft!' - 'Dont complain, fight!'

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