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Magnification 8x / Re: The earliest (?) Trentact
« Last post by Alex Lipton on December 13, 2018, 05:59:12 PM »
Thank you gentlemen, much appreciated.
All the best,
Alex
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Magnification 8x / Re: The earliest (?) Trentact
« Last post by Hans Leichtfried on December 13, 2018, 04:45:47 PM »
Alex - also my congratulations to the beautiful bino!
After all known documents, it is the oldest known copy!
Only the Trentactem (side-focus) were built a little earlier.

Hans
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Magnification 8x / Re: The earliest (?) Trentact
« Last post by Niall McLaren on December 12, 2018, 09:42:15 PM »
Why didn't you realize the meaning of the serial number?

What I meant was I didn't realise it was the earliest but it's immaterial anyway as it was too expensive for my taste. Congratulations to Alex though. ;)
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Magnification 8x / Re: The earliest (?) Trentact
« Last post by Rodolfo Peirano on December 12, 2018, 08:54:32 PM »
@Niall: Why didn't you realize the meaning of the serial number?

@Alex: Congratulation, the Trentact is a rare binos made in only two series:

Batch of 50    1913      345.651   345.700
Batch of 39   1913 / 1914   366.520   366.558

Tour bino come from the first series and has the eye-cup replaced in ancient times.

See also:

http://www.fernglasmuseum.at/museum/zeiss_trentact_8mal/zeiss_trntact_8mal.html
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Other manufactures / Iraqi Army Desert Storm Katsuma Optical 8x30
« Last post by Niall McLaren on December 12, 2018, 01:13:07 PM »
A bringback from Desert Storm, these Katsuma Optical binoculars are marked with the OEM code of JB 2 (Katsuma Kogaku Kikai Co. Ltd) and were taken from an Iraqi tank commander.

Katsuma also made optics for Australia and other nations - some were marked Glory.


Operation Desert Storm

In 1990 1st Armoured Division headquarters deployed to Saudi Arabia in 1990 to command British land forces with 4th Armoured Brigade and 7th Armoured Brigade (the 'Desert Rats') and on February 27, 1991 fought  in the Battle of Norfolk, the final battle of the war before the unilateral ceasefire took effect. 4th and 7th Armoured Brigade alternated in leading the advance and destroyed several Iraqi companies of T-55 tanks.

After 48 hours of combat, the division had destroyed or isolated four Iraqi infantry divisions (the 26th, 48th, 31st, and 25th) and overran the Iraqi 52nd Armored Division. 1st Armoured Division had traveled 217 miles in 97 hours, captured or destroyed approx. 200 tanks and a large number of armoured personnel carriers, reconnaissance vehicles, etc.

 No fewer than 14 divisions participated in the Battle of Norfolk, making it perhaps the largest battle of the war. Many of the land battles during Operation Desert Storm were larger than the majority of the battles that took place in southern and western Europe during World War Two,



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Binocular sights / Re: Iraqi Army Wild GB6P Binocular Theodolite
« Last post by Niall McLaren on December 12, 2018, 02:04:07 AM »
The pigeon is with the Wild Rodolfo. Both were taken with a tripod and the Wild was slightly higher hence the slightly differing position. ;)
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Binocular sights / Re: Iraqi Army Wild GB6P Binocular Theodolite
« Last post by Rodolfo Peirano on December 12, 2018, 01:54:57 AM »
No doubt Niall that a Wild is an excellent optic !

The image with the pigeon is the view of the Sard ?
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Binocular sights / Re: Iraqi Army Wild GB6P Binocular Theodolite
« Last post by Niall McLaren on December 11, 2018, 10:21:42 PM »
Comparison with Sard 6x42 and another cased one with periscopes;
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Binocular sights / Iraqi Army Wild GB6P Binocular Theodolite
« Last post by Niall McLaren on December 11, 2018, 10:17:50 PM »
Used by Iraqi artillery and gives fantastic wide angle 6x36 views comparable to the big Sard.  The objectives unclip and periscopic ones can be attached although the small case suggests they weren't supplied with this one. ;)
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Magnification 8x / Re: The earliest (?) Trentact
« Last post by Alex Lipton on December 10, 2018, 06:29:38 PM »
Dear Niall,

I did :-)

Best,

Alex
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