Zeiss artillery compass : Germany Army

Place Europe: France
Accession Number RELAWM08173
Collection type Technology
Object type Optical equipment
Place made Germany
Date made c1914-1918
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Artillery compass in wooden case, taken from a German gun.

The wooden case is reinforced around its edges with thin metal stripping, which is fastened to the case with slot headed screws. Two webbing loops are fastened onto the case rear with rivets. The case is closed with an open ended box lid, which is fastened onto the lower part with a webbing strap. The case is painted black. This has received considerable wear.

The compass is protected by glass, and graduated to 6400 mils. A lever which penetrates the side of the dial functions as a lock for the needle. A bubble level is incoporated onto the face of the device. The compass is impressed with the serial number 3531. The compass is marked on its face with the Carl Zeiss Jena logo, 'B.R' and the number '9'.

History / Summary

Taken from a German gun by 2270 Private James Josiah Agnew, 17 Battalion AIF. Agnew enlisted on 15 July 1915, served overseas, and returned to Australia on 28 September 1919.