I need help to Id. german equipment

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I need help to Id. german equipment

Post by Sturm78 » 23 Apr 2009 20:14

Hi all,

I found these two pictures on eBay. Could someone identify this german equipment?

I guess the first photo shows some gear related to the artillery. The second picture appears related with telephone equipment, no??

Thanks in advance. Regards Sturm78.
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Post by Alanmccoubrey » 23 Apr 2009 21:05

The first one looks like a small camera on a large tripod ! And the second one looks like it is part of a recording set up, the man with the cufftitle seems to be interviewing the other guy. What can he have had on his cufftitle that required it to be removed from the photo ?
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Post by Xavier » 23 Apr 2009 22:28

first image is an aiming circle (for artillery engineers, etc etc..) on a small tripod, you just can discern one of the small silver knobs..
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Post by Heimatschuss » 24 Apr 2009 10:32

Hello,

the object in the first picture seems to be a small theodolite. Theodolites used by artillery to measure the positions of the guns are called Richtkreis in German. The only difference between a normal theodolite and a Richtkreis is that a full circle is not seperated into 360 degrees but into 6400 lines.

The thing the guy has in his hand in the second picture is a microphone of the time. Yes, they were not that 'micro-' back then.

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Post by Laurence Strong » 24 Apr 2009 13:25

For what it's worth, the 6400 lines are called "mils" in English.

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Re: I need help to Id. german equipment

Post by Sturm78 » 24 Apr 2009 17:00

Hi all,

Thank you for your informations.

Yes, the soldier on the right has a microphone and headphones. But, What is the cart situated below, with cable? Have any specific name?


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Post by Sturm78 » 01 May 2009 12:00

Hi all,

I found this image on Ebay. The photo shows two small carts. Does someone know their designation and what they carry on?

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Post by Sturm78 » 10 May 2009 18:17

Hi all,

Anyone have any idea about the equipment of the last picture?

I found more images on Ebay showing german equipment unknown to me:

First image: 25cm sMW, 7.7cm FK16 and ??
Second image: some periscopes. Does someone know his designation?
Third image: other theodolites perhaps??

Regards Sturm78.
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Post by tobi1418 » 16 May 2009 09:48

Last picture seems to show also some theodolites on their tripods. Middle one looks like a camera. The area seems to be a shooting range for artillery, maybe those men are watching a shooting round.

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Post by Sturm78 » 17 May 2009 17:34

Hi Tobi1418,


I think the middle photo of my last post shows two artillery periscopes but I dont know the model. :?

I found these other photos on Ebay. Can anyone identify the equipment located above the Krupp truck?

Regards Sturm78.
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Post by tobi1418 » 18 May 2009 06:39

Looks like a heavy power generator with a roll of heavy field cable. This ones were used for the "Flakscheinwerfer", spotlight for AA guns

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Post by Sturm78 » 18 May 2009 09:31

Yes Tobi1418, it seems a generator but I do not know any german model designed to be mounted on a truck. :?
Besides the photo is taken at daylight and would not have much sense to use searchlights.

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Post by Sturm78 » 01 Jul 2009 17:32

Hi all,

I found this photo on Ebay. It shows what appears to be an very rare listening device. I think that is not German origin.
Does someone know something about this equipment?

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Re: I need help to Id. german equipment

Post by Sturm78 » 03 Jul 2009 15:34

Hi Tobi1418,

I found some information about the the equipment on Krupp L2H143: It is a 8-Kilowatt generator with a cable for a 60cm spotlight. The Krupp is a Kfz 83 therefore. You were right :D

Nobody for acoustic listening device?? :(

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Re: I need help to Id. german equipment

Post by mlespaul » 10 Jul 2009 15:49

Photographs

Name: "TROOPS USE OPTICS...:"

Correctly identified previously as a Rkr 31/Richtkries 31.

Name: "25cm sMW"

That is one of the early models of the Blinkengeräte or Signalgeräte lampe devices. The writing states Nachrichten (Blinker)/Sending news to the units using the light equipment. There were various 15x60 binoculars or monocular fernrohrs that were developed to observe each other signal units' blinkengerate or signalgerate station from across battlefield distances. Its a simple on-off lamp that flashes code. however, to not be easily discernable to the enemy a very high powered telescope or binocular was needed to see the relatively small light, hence the 15x telescopes for observation.

Name: "german artillery observers in field"

Those appear to be standard S.F. 14Z Scherenfernrohr observation periscopes, at almost full horizontal deployment of the angle of adjustment. These are normally seen at "rabbit ears" position in most photographs. However, in this position, the SF allows the view to extend the angle of horizontal view for the human eye, practically placing the observers own eyes out on stalks, like a hammerhead shark, to enable the three-dimensional effect of the optics at full. In this way, the viewer sees the terrain in very high, standout relief, with much of the objects appearing to stand out making it easier to estimate height of explosion bursts or estimate size of distant objects against the cross mesh measurement scale of the reticle installed within the telescope.

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