BACKGROUND: The German army used a wide variety of optical enhancement items with the 6 x 30 power, (6 power magnification with a 30mm diameter objective lens), binoculars being the standard issue optics utilized by all branches of service. Although the 6 x 30 power binoculars were the standard issue, specialized personnel such as Artillery and anti-aircraft observers, Reconnaissance personnel, Searchlight personnel, etc., required stronger optics and assorted larger power binoculars were issued to these specialized personnel on a limited basis. In 1934 the German OKW, Oberkommando der Wehrmacht, (High Command of the Armed Forces), requested a mobile, multi-purpose, large power binocular with a wide field of vision and the Emil Busch optical firm of Rathenow submitted a 10 x 80 power binocular which was found suitable and accepted for production. The 10 x 80 power binoculars were produced by assorted optical firms in three minor variants with the main difference being in the angle alignment of the prism and ocular lenses with a twenty degree angle pattern, a forty-five degree angle pattern and eighty degree angle pattern . The 10 x 80 power binoculars were designed to be mounted on a tripod. This example is the forty-five degree angle pattern which was the most common and although they were a multi-purpose optical device the angled construction made them very suitable for air observation. When issued the binoculars came equipped with assorted accessories and a carrying/storage case.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: A glass prism with a 11cm x 9.5cm plate to the reverse.

GRADE *** 3/4                             PRICE $200.00

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