H025574 MAP/DISPATCH CASE MARCH COMPASS. (Meldekartentasche Feldmarsch Umfang)

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. When issued the map/dispatch cases came complete with an assortment of map reading and plotting tools and instruments including a march compass. The march compasses came in a wide variety of different models but they were all quite similar in design.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: A molded black bakelite construction base with a march compass inset into the top. The compass has a hinged, fold back, polished nickel/silver plated alloy "mirror". The mirror opens to reveal a glass faced compass with black degree markings on a white background field. The outer edge of the compass has a vertically grooved dial to allow for directional orientation. The interior face of the compass is well marked with black printed manufacturers name, "Busch Rathenow", and, "D.R.G.M.", indicating, Deutsche Reichs Gebrauchsmuster, (German National Registered Design). One of the side edges of the bakelite base has an impressed, whitened, fifty millimeter ruler.

GRADE *** 3/4                             PRICE $98.00 (Or Best Offer)

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