CARL ZEISS, JENA
A CASED PAIR OF PROVENANCED RUBBER-ARMOURED 7x50 GERMAN WORLD WAR TWO KRIEGSMARINE BINOCULARS, serial no. 52777,
formerly the property of U-Boat Captain Hans-Joachim Dierks, the binoculars circa 1938 with refinished Kriegsmarine green-grey stipple-finish barrels, rubber armoured objective lenses and prism housings the right armour concealing the Carl Zeiss wartime code, serial number and magnification, each eye-piece apparently fixed focus, rubber eye-guards and complete with neck-strap and bakelite rain-guard, together with a matching black leather case for same marked 'beh' (Ernst Leitz), large Kriegsmarine eagle to top of lid, provision for filters in lid (absent), weight of binoculars approx. 4lbs.
Other Notes: Hans-Joachim Dierks was the youngest WWII German U-Boat Commander qualifying as a Leutnant zur See in 1943 aged just 20 and Oberleutnant zur See in October 1944. He captained U-14 serving from July 1st, 1944 to February 2nd, 1945 and then U-137 from March 1st, 1945 to May 5th, 1945 and was awarded the U-Boat badge together with the Iron Cross first and second class. Accompanying the lot is a small collection of photographs and correspondence between Dierks and the collector of lots 325-330, together with a booklet on U995, currently held at Kiel.
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