Zeiss microscope : Captain C R B Richards, 2/15 Field Regiment

Place Asia: Burma Thailand Railway
Accession Number REL29496.001
Collection type Technology
Object type Optical equipment
Physical description Steel; Brass; Glass
Maker Zeiss
Place made Germany
Date made pre 1942
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Black painted steel and brass Zeiss microscope impressed 'CARL ZEISS JENA No. 208925'. The microscope has two lenses, one impressed '1.8MM 1.25 97X87729 BAUSCH & LOMB OPT. CO. ROCHESTER. N.Y. U.S.A.', and the other '8 0.20 CARL ZEISS JENA 67698'. The third lens is missing.

History / Summary

This microscope was acquired by NX26688 Sergeant Jim Armstrong, in late January 1942 from a deserted rubber plantation hospital, and passed to his Regimental Medical Officer, NX70273 Captain Charles Rowland Bromley (Rowley) Richards while they were attached to 2/15 Field Regiment, 8 Australian Division in Southern Jahore during the Malayan Campaign. Both Armstrong and Richards were captured at the fall of Singapore and imprisoned by the Japanese. During their captivity both men served along the Burma-Thai Railway with A Force. Richards was discharged on 7 December 1945 and Armstrong on 27 February 1946.