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SARD 7x50 Mark 21 WWII US Navy Military Binoculars

My SARD 7x50 WWII Mark 21 US Navy binoculars were produced by the Kollsman Instrument Co. Inc (which had been purchased in 1940) a division of the New York electric parts company Square D. They were assembled by newly hired workers, to a design licensed from Bausch and Lomb, to fill their June 1942-Feb 1943 contract 88-B-320 from the newly created U.S. Navy purchasing agency BU. Aero/ Bureau of Aeronautics. But of my many military binoculars, these give me an impression of compromised durability and design. For example, despite this example showing absolutely minimal signs of prior use: a screw worked itself loose and is rattling around inside; and the flimsy plastic ocular rings are obviously barely suited for the job; and both filter lenses were fastened so poorly they have just fallen off; and the rattling flimsy rotating eyecup and filter assembly would be clunky even on a kid’s toy.

WWII US Navy SARD 7x50 military binoculars Mark 21.
Jumilles militares Sard modele Mk. 21 7x50 de la matine Americaine.
7x50 Militarfernglas der US marine Sard modelle Mk. 21.
Amerikanska flottam marinmodell Sard 7x50 Mk. 21 kikare.
Binoculares militares modelo Sard 7x50 Mk. 21 de la Armada de los Estados Unidos. 
 WWII SARD Mark 21 U.S. Navy 7x50 military binoculars.
Jumelles militares modele Sard Mk. 21 7x50 de la marine Americaine.
Militarfernglas der US Marine Sard modell Mk. 21 7x50.
Amerikanska flottan marinmodell Sard mk 21 7x50 kikare.
Binoculares militares modelo Sard mk 21 7x50 de la Armada de los Estados Unidos.

beh (Leitz) WWII 7X50 German Military Kriegsmarine Navy Binoculars

WWII beh Leitz military 7x50 German Navy Kriegsmarine binoculars.
beh Leitz 7x50 jumelles militaires de la marine allemande.
beh Leitz 7x50 militarfernglas der Deutsche Marine Kriegsmarine.
beh Leitz 7x50 Tyska flottan marinmodell militar kikare.
beh Leitz 7x50 binoculares militares de la armada Alemana.
     WWII German Navy Leitz beh 7x50 7x50 military binoculars.
beh Leitz jumelles militaires 7x50 de la marine allemande.
beh Leitz militarfernglas 7x50 der Kriegsmarine.
beh Leitz Tyska flotta marinmodell 7x50 militar kikare.
beh Leitz Binoculares militares de la armada Alemana.

With rubber ocular armor removed

My WW II beh (wartime German code for E. Leitz Wetzlar) 7x50 binoculars are Kreigsmarine (German Navy) issue, and with their partial rubber armor they were presumably intended as being particularly suitable for smaller boat use (like the fast Schnellboot), where excessive salt water spray was normally expected. While these are often labeled on-line as having been U-boat binoculars to help sell them, I am not sure how many of these were actually intended for that use. The rubber ocular cover ( 1 ) clips to the armor body to hold it out of the way. The cover for the ocular focus adjustment rings ( 2 ) must be removed to focus the binoculars. The binoculars would probably normally be used at infinity, but still focused to each of the users eyes. A Schnellboot (fast boat) WWII German crew member is shown at left with these type binoculars.

blc (Zeiss) WWII 7X50 German Military Kriegsmarine Navy U-Boat Binoculars

WWII blc Zeiss 7x50 U-Boat German Kriegsmarine binoculars
blc Zeiss 7x50 sous marine jumelles militaires de la marine francaise.
blc Zeiss 7x50 unterseeboot der Kriegsmarine.
blc Zeiss 7x50 ubat Tyska flottan militar kikare.
blc Zeiss 7x50 submarino de la armada Alemana. WWII German U Boat Binoculars 7x50 by blc Zeiss.
blc Zeiss sous marine jumelles militaires de la marine allemande.
blc Zeiss unterseeboot militarfernglas der Kriegsmarine.
blc Zeiss ubat Tyska flottan marinmodel 7x50 militar likare.
blc Zeiss submarino binoculares militares de la armada Alemana. blc Zeiss WWII German Navy7x50  U Boat binoculars.
blc Zeiss sous marine 7x50 jumelles militaires de la marine Allemande.
blc Zeiss unterseeboot 7x50 militarfernglas de Kriegsmarine.
blc Zeiss ubat 7x50 Tyska flottan marinmodell militar kikare.
blc Zeiss submarina 7x50 binoculares militares de la armada Alemana

My WW II blc (wartime German code for Carl Zeiss Jena) 7x50 binoculars are a Kreigsmarine (German Navy) design specifically for use on U boats, and are the pattern from early 1943 on. Cases of these were captured from storage by the British at the end of WWII, and were sold off as war surplus to companies such as Charles Frank to sell at retail. These are fixed focus, and partially rubber armored.

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Of my huge quantity of binoculars, these still never fail to really impress me as having superior optical properties whenever I use them. Because earliest observation and earliest optical detection was critical to U- boat performance and survival, priority was given to excellent optical performance. Mine have desiccant ports, non original paint, original rubber armor, and replacement rubber eye cups.

U-boat crew member with these binoculars

Ca late 1950’s? Hensoldt Bundeswehr (German Army) DF 8x30 Dienstglas Military Binoculars

Hensoldt Wetzlar DF 8x30 German Army Military Binoculars. 
Jumelles militaires Hensoldt DF 8x30 de l'armee allemande.
Hensoldt DF 8x30 Bundeswehr militarfernglas.
Binoculares militares del ejercito aleman Hensoldt DF 8x30.
Hensoldt DF 8x30 binocolo militaire dell'escercito Tedesco.
Hensoldt DF 8x30 Tysk militar kikare.
Hensoldt DF 8x30 Duitse leger militaire verrekijker. German Army Hensoldt Wetzlar DF 8x30 military binoculars.
Jumelles militaires Hensoldt DF 8x30 de l'armee allemande.
Hensoldt DF 8x30 Bundeswehr militarfernglas.
Binoculares militares del ejercito aleman Hensoldt DF 8x30.
Hensoldt DF 8x30 binocolo militaire dell'esercito Tedesco.
Hensoldt SF 8x30 Tysk militar kikare.
Hensoldt DF 8x30 Duitse leger militaire verrekijker.l

My Bundeswehr (post WW II German army) issued Hensoldt DF 8x30 fully rubber armored Dienstglas (military binoculars) feature clever pop inside outside rubber ocular/eyepiece covers. They are nitrogen gas filled. The 12-124-8444 marking on these are related to the NSN 6650-12-124-8444 for Fernrohr, Doppel (double telescope or binoculars) and I think these   date to the 1960’s, though I’ve seen conflicting information. Zeiss had acquired a majority stock holding of Hensoldt in 1954, so these are sometimes referred to as being Zeiss-Hensoldt, though they are not so marked.

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1916 Binocular Prismatic No. 2 Mk II 6x30 British Sherwood & Company Ltd WWI Military Binoculars

1916 WWI British 6x30 military binoculars No. 2 MK. II Sherwood & Company London.
1916 6x30 jumelles militares de l'armee Britannique No. 2  Mk. II Sherwood Londres.
1916 6x30 militarfernglas der Britischen Armee No. 2  Mk. II Sherwood 7 Co London
1916 6x30 binoculares militares del ejercito Britanico No. 2 Mk. II Sherwood & Co.
 1916 6x30 prismaticos militares vdel ejercito Britanico No. 2. Mk. II Sherwood & Co.
1916 6x30 Brittisk arme militar kikare No. 2 Mk. II Sherwood & Co London. 
1916 6x30 binocolo militare dell'esercito Britannico No. 2 Mk. II Sherwood & Co.
1916 6x30 Britse militaire verrekijker No. 2 Mk. II Sherwood & Co. London.  
1916 6x30 den Britiske haerens militaere kikkert No.2 Mk. II Sherwood & Co.
1916 6x30 lornetka wojskowa armii Brytyjskiej No.2 Mk.II Sherwood & Co.
1916 6x30 vojensky dalekohled Britske aemady No.2 Mk.II Sherwood & Co.
1916 6x30 a Brit hadsereg katonai tavcsovei No. 2 Mk. II Sherwood & Co.
1916 6x30 Britannian armeijan kiikarit No.2 Mk.II Sherwood & Co.
1916 6x30 binocolos militares do exercito Britanico No.2 Mk. II Sherwood & Co.
1916 6x30 Britu armijas militarais binoklis No.2 Mk.II Sherwood & Co.
1916 6x30 Britu armijos kariniai ziuronai No.2 Mk. II Sherwood & Co.                       Sherwood & Co. London WWI British military binoculars 6x30 WWI 1916 British military binoculars 6x30 made by Sherwood & Co London.
1916 jumelles militares de l'armee Britannique 6x30 No 2 MkII Sherwood.
1916 militarfernglas der Britischen Armee6x30  No2 Mk II Sherwood & Co. London
1916 binoculares militares del ejercito Britanico 6x30 No. 2 M.k II Sherwood & Co.
1916 prismaticos militares del ejercito Britanico 6x30 No.2 Mk.II sherwood & Co.
1916 Brittisk arme mlliitare del esercito Britannico 6x30No 2 Mk II Sherwood & Co. 
1916 militaire verrekijke van het Britse leger 6x30 No 2 Mk II Sherwood & Co 
1916 Britannian armeijan kiikarit 6x30 No.2 Mk.II Sherwood & Co.
1916  a Brit hadsereg katonai tavcsoval 6x30 No.2 Mk.II Sherwood & Co.
1916 binoculos militares do exercito Britanico 6x30 No.2 Mk. II Sherwood & Co.
1916 Britu armijos kainiai ziuronai 6x30 No.2 Mk.II Sherwood & Co.i

My 1916 dated WWI British Military binoculars No 2 MKII are 6x30, and the model was introduced into British military service in 1909. These are marked Sherwood & Co. London 1916 and they were part of a contract of 1,000 No 2 Mk II binoculars placed with Sherwood located at Verulam St., Grays Inn Rd, London EC1 on Feb. 1915, and completed by March 1917. (credit Terence Wayland). The case is marked on the top CASE No2 PRISMATIC BINOCULARS, T. French and Son Ltd, London 1916 , that being Thomas French and Son of Jewin St., London EC1, with their mills in Manchester. For the war they made everything from machine gun belts to webbing equipment, and apparently also binoculars cases .

Facing large broad arrows indicate official UK military property disposal

Broad arrow UK military property mark on binoculars case

Case marked to the officer C.C. SHEARER.

1953 and 1950 A.L. Arm è e du Luxembourg OIP (Optique et Instruments de Precision) 8x38 Military Binoculars

I have two A.L. marked (Arm è e du Luxembourg) 8x38 binoculars, one dated 1950 and the other 1953. These were presumably made in relatively small numbers, as the Luxembourg army was quite small (total strength in 1954 was 7,700 soldiers), and normally only a small percentage of soldiers are issued with binoculars. The 1953 binoculars are hand paint marked with what looks like C/V . and 2/I and the case is hand painted in two places 2/CO. It p robably represents the 2nd Company of the First Infantry Battalion of the Corps de la Garde Grand Ducale. Both my binoculars are marked as having been made by O.I.P Gand , which is Optique et Instruments de Precision: an optical and instrument maker in Ghent Belgium from 1919 to the present day (“Gand” is the French language spelling for Ghent). Both of these binoculars are independent focus, and both have a right ocular horizontal and vertical ranging reticle/ reticule/ graticule.

1953 O.I.P.8x38 military binoculars of the Luxembourg Army.
1953 O.I.P. 8x38 jumelles militaires de l'armee Luxembourgeoise.
1953 O.I.P. 8x38 militarfernglasser der Luxemburgischen Armee.
1953 O.I.P. 8x38 binoculares militares del ejercito de Luxembourgeoise.
1953 O.I.P. 8x38 prismaticos militares del ejercito de Luxembourgeoise.l 
1953 O.I.P. 8x38 Luxemburgs arme militar kikare.
1953 O.I.P. 8x38 binocolo militaire dell'esercito Lussemburghese.
1953 O.I.P. 8x38 militare verrekijker van het Luxemburgse leger.
1953 O.I.P. 8x38 Luxembourg army militaere kikkert.
1953 O.I.P. 8x38 lornetka wojskowa armii Luksemburskiej.
1953 O.I.P. 8x38 Lucemburska armada vojensky dalekohled.
1953 O.I.P. 8x38 den Luxembourgske haers militaerkikkert.
1953 O.I.P. 8x38 A Luxemburgi hadsereg katonai tavcsovei.
1953 O.I.P. 8x38 Luxemburgin armeijan sotilaskiikarit.
1953 O.I.P. 8x38 binoculos militares do exercito do Luxemburgo.
1953 O.I.P. 8x38 Luksemburgas armijas militarais binoklis.
1953 O.I.P. 8x38 liuksemburgo armijos karinial ziuronai.
1953 O.I.P. 8x38 a Luxemburgi hadsereg

WWII Japanese Army Kaikosha K.T. 6x24 Military Binoculars

My WWII Japanese army 6x24 officers binoculars are interesting. The Kaikosha marking on these binoculars (or in Japanese 偕行社 , or Kaikōsha) , is the literal wording in English for “Officers Club”, and this was an organization founded on 15 February 1877 in Kudan Tokyo (the K.T. marking on the binoculars) as a meeting place for officers and as a reception hall. This was not long after the founding of the Imperial Japanese Army. The Kaikosha name means “let’s go together” or “we shall fight this war side by side”, and is derived from a Chinese poem. Other Kaikosha groups cropped up at divisional headquarters across the country, and Kaikosha was soon incorporated for providing aid to wounded soldiers, supporting temples that consecrated war dead, publishing academic research and essays on military topics, and fostering friendships among fellow officers, similar to the way service membership and mutual aid organizations in other countries operate. But since Kaikosha was for officers only and since prior to WWII Japanese officers normally purchased their own clothing and kit (as did British officers), Kaikosha then commenced the manufacture or contract manufacture and sale of military related hard goods and military equipment, especially clothing, for officers. By World War II, Kaikosha stores sold every variety of officers uniform, as well as military caps, gloves, boots, swords, pistols, holsters, binoculars including mine , and memorabilia from military exercises and parades, and other goods. All these Kaikosha-made or distributed goods were widely used by military officers.

Japanese WWII Kaikosha K.T. 6x24 Military Binoculars.
Kaikosha K.T. 6x24 jumelles militaires Japonaises.
Kaikosha K.T. 6x24 Japanisches militarfernglas.
Kaikosha K.T. 6x24 Japanse militaire verrekijker.
Kaikosha K.T. 6x24 binocolo militaire Giapponese.
Kaikosha K.T. 6x24 binoculares militares Japoneses.
Kaikosha K.T. 6x24 Japansk militar kikare.