H029181 OFFICER’S MAP CASE.

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: WW2 German Officer's Private Purchase Map Case. High Quality leather case with silk or satin lining on back of flap. Enlisted men and NCO's were provided with required equipment such as map cases, but officers were generally expected to buy their own uniforms and equipment. This case is made of quality brown cowhide. Original shoulder strap is included.

Two snaps secure a protective flap over a celluloid grid pocket. Nicely name to an officer service with a Pioneer unit. Nice!

GRADE ****1/2                             PRICE $238.00

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