Because German tanks were made of ferrous materials, magnetic compasses could not be used within them. In fact, crew were advised to stand 20m from their vehicles when using a magnetic compass (although magnetic compasses were eventually developed to be mounted on the top of the turret)Inside the tank, a gyroscopic compass was installed, which was powered off the tank’s main battery.
The driver would use this to correctly navigate to the prescribed destination.
This box stored the compass when not in use, and also housed the spare parts (fuses and bulbs).
Made of wood and steel, this Gyroscope Storage Box is in VERY NICE used condition. There are some marks and wear due to the age, but it is very solid otherwise. Sadly, the wood has shrunk on the top lid (leaving a large gap), so the main carrying handle is no longer attached. I suspect this could be repaired, but I will leave that to the winning bidder. It is otherwise complete, including the contents label on the inside of the lid. The felt that stored the spare fuses and bulb have been removed, but that can easily be replaced. I have shown the type of gyrocompass that this carried in the last photos. A PERFECT item for any collection or display!