Original German WWII Hensoldt Wetzlar 6x30 Police Dienstglas Binoculars with Accessories in Carry Case
Original Item: Only One Available. The 6x30 Dienstglas was one of the most used German issued binoculars of WWII. This example is in great shape, and is actually the version specifically issued for the German Civic Police! It also comes with some great hard to find accessories, such as the rubber eyepiece protection cover, and an original 1943-dated buttoning flap! If you were looking for a nice complete setup, this is it!
The binoculars themselves are in very good used condition, with clear optics and fully functional focus diopters. There is no range reticle, as it would not serve any purpose for police use. It is nicely marked as follows on the base of the barrels:
is marked on the left side, with the model and serial information on the right:
6 x 30
H / 6400
As these are Civic issue, they did not utilize the same three letter codes used under military contracts. Hensoldt Wetzlar is a desirable maker of these binoculars. The leather neck strap is included, and has the leather straps for the rubber eyepiece cover attached to it. The cover is still in very good condition, with no stiffness.
Wrapped around the end hinge is a very nice black leather "buttoning flap", intended to secure the binoculars when running or when on horseback. There is a maker mark on the flap, indicating it was made by RAHM & KAMPMANN of WUPPERTAL in 1943. The leather is in good shape, with the studs showing some oxidation.
The included carry case is really in great shape, made of very nice black leather. In the front under the top flap it bears the HENSOLDT / WETZLAR logo, and the case is fully functional. The front spring loaded closure is still in good condition, and the leather shoulder strap is in fantastic condition.
Overall a very nice example of the classic German eye piece during WWII!
History of the 6x30 Service Glass:
Among all military binoculars after the end of the First World War, the 6 x 30 service glass became predominant in both the Navy and the Army, and it remained the Army's most used binocular for decades.
From the Army regulations for 1927 and 1940: "As a standard double telescope for all branches of the Army of the Reich, the double telescope 6 x 30 with normal reticle..... and a field of view of 150m at 1000m distance." In terms of its importance and the quantities produced, the D.F. 6 x 30 was increasingly important after WWI was produced in larger quantities than any other. In the Army Regulations of November 29, 1919, after the end of the First World War, an inventory was ordered of the quantity of optical instruments in the infantry, because of new regulations on equipping the troops with optical instruments, and only the Fernglaeser 03, 08, 6 x 30, and 10 x 50 are listed as hand held binoculars. In a March 1939 paper regarding the height calibrations of reticles, only the 6 x 30 and 10 x 50 are mentioned; and in an Army technical regulation of June 1944, concerning the carrying strap for the Doppelfernrohre 6 x 30 and 10 x 50.
The design of the common D.F. 6 x 30 is similar to the equally common Zeiss Silvamar, with only minor differences.
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