WW II German Army Scherenfernrohr S.F. 11 F da. – ZEISS TRENCH PERISCOPE – NICE!


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You are bidding on a NICE used example of WW1 / WW2 German Selbstfahrlafetten-Zielfernrohr S.F. 11. F.da, 10×50 Sighting Periscope, as used by various ground personnel, as well as on Assault Guns and Tank Destroyers!

 In In 1894, Carl
Zeiss introduced a new and unusual type of prism binocular. Zeiss called its
invention the Scherenfernrohr (scissors telescope) – an 8 x 10 power device
fitted with adjustable twin periscopic extensions connected by a hinge. An
observer could position the tubular “ears” upright and parallel to
each other or splayed out horizontally for greater depth perception
(stereoscopic vision), causing objects to appear in modelled relief, strongly
distinct from the background and thus estimate the range.
  This hybrid between binoculars and a
periscope enabled the observer to remain safely concealed in dug-outs, behind
walls or even tree trunks with only the objective lens visible to the enemy.

By World War II
the design remained virtually unchanged except for an upgrade in magnification
to 10 x 50 and continued to be a useful tool in the Wehrmacht for general
observation (in both vehicles and on the ground) and for artillery fire
observation and direction throughout the war.

It was to be used
for: Observation and reconnaissance; Measuring angles of azimuth; Measuring
angles of site and elevation; Measuring height of shell bursts; Establishing
safety zones for advancing friendly troops; and to lay field guns.

It was often seen
employed in different roles such as in vehicles being specifically delivered as
standard equipment in many German armoured fighting vehicles such as the StuG
III, Jagdpanzer 38, Jagdpanzer IV, Panther and on the King Tiger where it can
often be seen poking out the commander’s cupola primarily as a safe method for
him to observe the enemy without risk to life

Made of aluminum, brass, and steel by Carl Zeissthis aiming periscope is in VERY NICE used condition.  I believe this is actually a WW1 example, but I am not 100% sure.  Still retains 80% of of its paint and finish, and is VERY solid.  Sadly, there is some corrosion from storage on the steel parts, and many of the screws have been replaced.  The optics are functional, but one eyepiece is missing.  Interesting, as it does not feature the standard grid pattern, but rather an aiming crosshair.  Optics are hazy with spotting, and need to be cleaned.  All focus adjustment still turn.  The data information is stamped into the bottom, indicating:

Carl Zeiss

10 x 4

Sf 11 F da

Overall it is a VERY NICE scope…but could use some clean-up and restoration.  A PERFECT addition to any collection or display!

 Please email me if you need additional photos or information.


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