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Early WWII Compass, Lensatic circa 1939

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    Posted 5 years ago

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    This compass is one of the first models without any markings on the case made in the early years prior to WWII probably around 1939 - 1940 era.

    The web carry pouch is also an early WWII pouch with "Dura Snaps" often seen with the unmarked Lensatic compass like mine, and are considered rare and not as common as the later lift the dot type pouches mfg later.

    the dial shows a maker mark:

    W. & L. E. GURLEY - TROY, N.Y. , U.S.A.

    Compass, Lensatic

    The Lensatic Compass became the standard issue compass during World War II. As the successor to the M-1938 Prismatic Compass, the Lensatic Compass was simpler and cheaper to manufacture. In the U.S. military, it also replaced all the pocket watch type compasses before the end of World War II.


    1. Roycroftbooksfromme1, 5 years ago
      have a newer ione some wear in one of my backpacks ....nice to see a wwII one ...
    2. surfdub66 surfdub66, 5 years ago
      Cool compass ;-)
    3. fortapache fortapache, 5 years ago
      Another great post. Thanks for posting battlegear.

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