WWII British night vision equipment

#3
I thought it was only the Septics that had Image Intensifying Equipment during WWII. Ahh well, you learn something new every day. :D
 
#5
No battery compartment and no IR lamp or other illuminator. I didn't think there was any sort of II technology around back then, and that IR was the only form of night vision?
 
#9
Some were issued to the Westminster Dragoons in early 1945.

It's worth a look at their war diary since it records their issue and peril if lost.
 
#11
So it is just an IR viewer, and not an image intensification device.

I guess they must have used it to pick up IR signalling lamps and the like - it would have been of very limited use without some sort of active IR illuminator.
 
#12
4(T) said:
So it is just an IR viewer, and not an image intensification device.

I guess they must have used it to pick up IR signalling lamps and the like - it would have been of very limited use without some sort of active IR illuminator.
I think you are probably right, there is an image here taken with one, not clear how much light was available:

 
#13
I saw one of these at the Saturday Collectors Market at London Bridge in the 90s. It was marked 1944. Couldn't find any other references to it in any books about British Army kit. The one I saw wasn't working and was selling for £20. Perhaps I should have bought it after all.
 
#14
walt_of_the_walts said:
I saw one of these at the Saturday Collectors Market at London Bridge in the 90s. It was marked 1944. Couldn't find any other references to it in any books about British Army kit. The one I saw wasn't working and was selling for £20. Perhaps I should have bought it after all.

Your lucky to find one still working.

Wonder why they covered it in what looks like KF shirt material?
Probably for grip. It was used by Combined Operations Pilotage Parties so would be in the water a great deal.
 
#17
I have just listed one on Ebay item number 150433035097 so take a look there is also an ip address to a lot of info on how they work ect.
Cheers.
 
#18
EX_STAB said:
walt_of_the_walts said:
I saw one of these at the Saturday Collectors Market at London Bridge in the 90s. It was marked 1944. Couldn't find any other references to it in any books about British Army kit. The one I saw wasn't working and was selling for £20. Perhaps I should have bought it after all.

Your lucky to find one still working.

Wonder why they covered it in what looks like KF shirt material?
Probably for grip. It was used by Combined Operations Pilotage Parties so would be in the water a great deal.
It was designed to make it look like the issue water-bottle of the time.
 

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