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WW1 German Rifle Periscope

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Hello, does anyone have any information about WW1 German Rifle/Trench Periscopes? How many companies made them? Numbers made, any other basic information. I recently acquired one and was curious to find out more information.

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Not sure how many companies made them, but if you post some pictures we will see what we can do to help. 

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Sure, here are some pictures. I have included pictures of the data plate. Then the pictures show the unit in transit mode. It can be folded down and broken apart for ease of movement and storage. It is made for single shot action only, no reloader arms. Possibly for use with the trench armor plates. So from the information below I have one of the early models in which the periscope is not sealed. 

This is all I have been able to find so far from this website: https://weaponsandwarfare.com/2017/09/07/wwi-sniping-i/

The German firm Leitz received an order for 10,000 periscope rifle rests from the Prussian War Ministry. These were detachable units that could be used with the ordinary service rifle. They had a separate stock that held the periscope and was clamped onto the rifle stock. The periscope stock also had a trigger that was attached to a cable that ran up and through the framework and hooked onto the rifle’s trigger. Like its British and American counterparts, this invention allowed the soldier to safely aim and fire his rifle without exposing himself. Seeking to similarly equip its army but with domestically manufactured products, the Bavarian War Ministry ordered 2,500 rests from Bogen-Lampen und Apparate-Fabrik GmbH in Nuremburg. Initially mirrors were employed by Bogen-Lampen but as they tended to fog up, sealed periscopes were used in later models. Delivery was slow and by October 1917 only 432 had been received. U-boat periscopes were a higher priority for the firm. What ended the periscope rifle were unfavorable evaluations as well as troops’ complaints about the weight and unwieldiness. No further orders were made.

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