Fraulein Valkyrie wrote:Does the author give a caption for the picture?
Yes, he does.
‘Luftwaffenhelferinnen an Punktgeräten.’
I don’t know what that is.
I couldn't come up with a literal translation that made sense, so I asked Mark ("nondescript handle"). He very kindly provided this translation: “Luftwaffe Helferinnen at (or with) spot (or point) devices.”
However, that's about as clear as it gets. As Mark pointed out, and I agree, the usual term for an optical range finder is Entfernungsmesser
. Why the author chose to use the term Punktgerät
is a mystery, unless perhaps he/she thought it would be a more understandable (less technical) term. Still (assuming the two blind people are talking about the same piece of apparatus!), I would take "point or spot devices" to have the same meaning.
To confuse the issue even more....you are
talking about tube-like devices held up to the face horizontally, aren't you? I also have photos of Helferinnen
using devices that look like an surveyor's transit (a box on a tripod that they look down into---also used in a military sense in artillery siting).
Fraulein Valkyrie wrote:Müller's German Flak in World War II calls it a "1m R36 Range Finder." From the location of the enemy on it, the distance siter called the distance to the gun's aimer.
Mmm. Why are there so many in a small area?
Again, without having seen the photo, I'd suggest that the picture was taken of the Helferinnen
while they were assembled for training? Very many technical pictures, and published ones of Helferinnen
with equipment, were taken during training exercises or posed.