WW II German Army Scherenfernrohr S. F. 11 F da. ZEISS TRENCH PERISCOPE NICE
Da, 10x50 Sighting Periscope, as used by various ground personnel, as well as on Assault Guns and Tank Destroyers! In 1894, Carl Zeiss introduced a new and unusual type of prism binocular. Zeiss called its invention the Scherenfernrohr (scissors telescope) - an 8 x 10 power device fitted with adjustable twin periscopic extensions connected by a hinge. An observer could position the tubular "ears" upright and parallel to each other or splayed out horizontally for greater depth perception (stereoscopic vision), causing objects to appear in modelled relief, strongly distinct from the background and thus estimate the range. This hybrid between binoculars and a periscope enabled the observer to remain safely concealed in dug-outs, behind walls or even tree trunks with only the objective lens visible to the enemy. By World War II the design remained virtually unchanged except for an upgrade in magnification to 10 x 50 and continued to be a useful tool in the Wehrmacht for general observation (in both vehicles and on the ground) and for artillery fire observation and direction throughout the war. It was to be used for: Observation and reconnaissance; Measuring angles of azimuth; Measuring angles of site and elevation; Measuring height of shell bursts; Establishing safety zones for advancing friendly troops; and to lay field guns. It was often seen employed in different roles such as in vehicles being specifically delivered as standard equipment in many German armoured fighting vehicles such as the StuG III, Jagdpanzer 38, Jagdpanzer IV, Panther and on the King Tiger where it can often be seen poking out the commander's cupola primarily as a safe method for him to observe the enemy without risk to life.
Made of aluminum, brass, and steel by Carl Zeiss. This aiming periscope is in VERY NICE used condition. Still retains 80% of of its paint and finish, and is VERY solid.
Sadly, there is some corrosion from storage on the steel parts, and many of the screws have been replaced. The optics are functional, but one eyepiece is missing. Interesting, as it does not feature the standard grid pattern, but rather an aiming crosshair. Optics are hazy with spotting, and need to be cleaned. All focus adjustment still turn. The data information is stamped into the bottom, indicating. Overall it is a VERY NICE scope... But could use some clean-up and restoration. A PERFECT addition to any collection or display!
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The item "WW II German Army Scherenfernrohr S. ZEISS TRENCH PERISCOPE NICE" is in sale since Tuesday, October 27, 2020. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\WW II (1939-45)\Original Period Items\Germany\Personal, Field Gear". The seller is "messerschmitt_109" and is located in Malibu, California. This item can be shipped worldwide.