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H013576 MG34/42 OPTICAL SIGHT BATTERY BOX. (MG Zielfernrohr Batterie Kasten)

BACKGROUND: 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 three small batteries which would attach to the sight by a cable, allowing for enhanced night vision.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: A ordnance tan painted, sheet metal construction MG light battery box. The box features a fold back top lid with a staggered, bar, hinge to the reverse and a spring loaded, closure clip to the obverse. The closure clip attaches to a extended steel stud positioned on the lower front of the boxs body. The lower reverse of the box has dual plug outlets for the electrical cable to attach it to the MG. One side of the case has a brazed on, extended, slotted, sheet metal panel designed to secure the box to the MGs tripod. The interior body of the case has a molded black bakelite frame and riveted on brass panels.

GRADE ****                                                 PRICE $169.00 (Or Best Offer)

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