Original German WWII Voigtländer & Sohn AG 6x30 Dienstglas Binoculars with Bakelite Case

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. The 6x30 Dienstglas was one of the most used German issued binoculars of WWII. This example is fully functional, with mostly clear optics, complete with a range reticle in the right side. It is nicely marked as follows on the base of the barrels:

ddx KF

is marked on the left side, with the model and serial information on the right:

6 x 30
H / 6400

"ddx" is the German three letter code for maker Voigtländer & Sohn AG of Braunschweig, a maker of optical equipment. KF is apparently a symbol for the type of grease to be used. The use of a three letter code indicates that these were made after 1940. Both diopter adjustments work correctly, and there is just a bit of haze when viewing. The leather chin strap is present and complete, though it is delicate, and partly torn through around one securing rivet, which has been stabilized with thread.

The excellent bakelite case has a working spring loaded closure strap, and is also maker marked internally at the base. Unlike many we have seen, this case is complete, with all leather straps and tabs intact, including the pull tab for the closure. The leather belt looks are good, and the shoulder strap is a bit worn, but still very serviceable. 

Overall a very good example of the classic eye piece for German infantry officers during WWII, complete with a highly desirable bakelite case!

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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