H003381 MG34/42 OPTICAL SIGHT BATTERY BOX, LIGHT CABLE & HEADSET.

BACKGROUND: The development and production of German army ordnance was under the supervision of the HwaA, Heereswaffenamt, (Army Ordnance Office), which was a subsection of the OKH, Oberkommando des Heeres, (High Command of the Army), and was responsible for testing, evaluation and eventual issue of all ordnance. The HwaA would issue all ordnance to a units Quartiermeister, (Supply HQ unit/Quartermaster), which contained the units Administration, Medical, Veterinarian, and Transport officer’s and its main responsibility was the control of all supplies to the forward troops including all vehicle fuel, and lubricant requirements as well as animal feed and rations and ammunition and accessories. Among other restrictions, the Treaty of Versailles banned Germany from developing any type of general purpose machine gun. To circumvent this, German development of an all purpose machine gun was secretly being done in Switzerland in the early 1930's. By 1934 designer Louis Stange of the Rheinmetall armaments factory had made improvements to the secret machine gun developed in Switzerland and the MG34 was introduced as an all purpose selective fire weapon. In spite of the relatively high production cost the MG34 was accepted by the Wehrmacht Ordnance department and deliveries of the MG34 began in 1936. In 1937 due to the high cost and manufacturing time of the MG34 development began on another general purpose machine gun which utilized stamped and pressed components making it cheaper and quicker to produce. Further developments resulted in the introduction of the MG42 general purpose machine gun in late 1941. Both the MG34 and the MG42 came equipped with a wide variety of accessories including assorted optical enhancement devices of which the most common were the Zielfernrohr 34 and the improved Zielfernrohr 40 optical sights. Both of these sights came with assorted accessories including an attachable light for use at night. The attachable light came with a specific battery box and cable. The box would contain batteries which would attach to the sight by a cable, allowing for enhanced night vision.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Scarce set containing battery box, cable and headset with original elasticized band. The interior of the box is nicely "DIN" marked, Deutsche Industrie Norm, (German Industry Standard). Nice example with all the components in overall good condition. Comes with original canvas storage bag.

GRADE ****1/4                             PRICE $595.00

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