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    hello there

    I wonder if anyone can help advise if the item in the attached photo might have been a standard issue item to RAF personell, I'm thinking navigators for sighting perhaps. it is a small monocular (single viewing lens), half a binocular if you like.

    This was found at the crash site, non fatal, of a 1942 RAF Wellington here in Ireland. I'm inclined to think it was just something a crew member had with him, but maybe they were commonly issued to crew members.

    www.skynet.ie/~dan/war/iblink

    Markings on it are
    M.Blink16 902599
    Carl zeiss
    TENA
    4x20

    I've found a few examples online for sale etc,
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    Dennis. My first thoughts were towards the extant red paint, most service items painted red was for a purpose and I can think of non that would connect to this piece of equipment had it been service issue. I tend to think it was a crew members personal item but lets see if we are proved wrong.

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    Dennis

    There's a similar one on this page, with some information:

    http://www.monocular.info/cz4x20.htm

    and here:

    http://www.wehrmacht-awards.com/Foru...d.php?t=566772

    Regards

    Simon
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    Hi Dennis

    One small detail, for what it's worth. The Carl Zeiss works were at Jena, not Tena.

    Ian

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    That was just a quick cut and paste from the email the person who holds it sent me. One year old Daughter was about to attack the key board.
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