Originally Posted by Stew
Hi pchild and Vix Steel,
perhaps another explanation for Hensoldt using their commercial name and trade mark on a early WW2 military spec binocular here is that it may have been made for a foreign contract such as Romania or Finland. It was standard practise at this time for example Carl Zeiss ,and Busch to use there commerial names and logos on binoculars for such foreign contracts. One point of difference is that CZ and Busch serial numbers on their foreign export orders were part of the same series as found on their Heer contract serial numbers . For instance I have a set of Finnish marked Busch 6x30 binoculars with the Busch commercial logo on the left prism cover and on the right side prism cover they have the trade name SOLLUXON and the serial number 377226. This serial number is within the approximate serial number range of Heer 6x30 which have identical physical features eg black textured paint finish on the case.
Stew, You may be right, but if they were made for a foreign contract it seems that not many were delivered as I have found many of these out of vet estates or with other solid GI connections.
I have long wondered if they would have been post war assembled out of left over parts and material by Hensoldt to be sold to the GI's circa 45-47 or so....but I have pretty much dismissed that as a likely case with these.
Optics contracted for para military, SS (before they got Heer allocations) police and targeted to private military officers.....many owned there own Binoculars and they were not coded or Dienstglas marked, were all maker name or logo marked and not Dienstglas marked either.
I'm not 100% on these Hensoldts in the under 40K range....but they strike me as a parallel numbering for non military contract (but destined for military use and made to the specs) to keep the number ranges seperate.
I can also tell you that within that 40,000 (or so) range the various models are found in sub-ranges. For example say the all 10x50 power will be found in the 11000-14000 and the 18000-23000 range and all 7x56 will be only in the 15000-18000 and the 33000-38000 range...just made up examples, but they made runs of types within the range of 40,000 based on my notes from several dozen pairs of these that I have recorded.