H008378 M35 MAP/DISPATCH CASE. (Meldekartentasche M35)

BACKGROUND: Map/dispatch cases were issued on a limited basis to specifically designated personnel such as unit commanders, messengers, and observers. The M35 map/dispatch case was based on the Weimar era, Reichsheer pattern map/dispatch case with minor variations. The M35 map/dispatch case underwent a front closure modification in mid-1936, and an additional small front pocket was added in 1938, although the early pattern cases continued to be manufactured through-out the war. The M35 map/dispatch cases were issued with assorted map reading tools, instruments and accessories. Of Note: As with other armies the Germans had a Kriegskarten- und Vermessungswesen Abteilung, (War Maps and Surveying Department), under command of the OKH, Oberkommando des Heeres, (High Command of the Army). The war maps and surveying department was responsible for all army issue maps and worked in conjunction with the German Reichsamt für Landesaufnahme, (National Land Survey Office). Regulations dictated that army issue maps were exclusively for use of army personnel and that any reproduction or improper usage were punishable offences. German army maps were generally named and numbered and were issued as required.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Mid-brown pebbled leather construction case with steel fittings. Case is roughly 29cm tall, and 20cm wide with folding accordion sides. The case has a fold over top closure flap with dual overlaid, stitched on, vertical closure straps with rivetted on alloy fittings. The top vertical closure strap has a rivetted on alloy tip and the bottom, wider vertical closure strap has a rivetted on alloy plate with three horizontal cut-out slots. Bottom, front center of the case body has a corresponding, rivetted on, oval, alloy base plate with a raised bar for the vertical closure straps. For secure closure the bottom vertical closure strap would have the raised bar inserted through the appropriate horizontal cut-out slot and the top vertical closure strap would in turn be inserted through the raised bar. The front body of the case has a stitched on ruler pocket, eraser pocket with a quick release pull tab, eight vertical pencil holders and a small angle measuring instrument pocket. Both the eraser pocket and instrument pocket have a button snap flap. The top fold over flap covers the top openings of the eraser, pencil and tool pockets to ensure against losing the items. Both original belt attachment loops are present. Case is marked "E. Schneider, Lüdenscheid" along with a 1940 date.

GRADE ****                             PRICE $119.00

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