Leitz Pattern Goggles
We recently bought this set with a small collection of Luftwaffe flight headgear. They are technically general purpose goggles intended for motorized troops but whilst this was their designated use they are seen in period photos being worn by Luftwaffe aircrew and a near identical pair is listed in Anders Skotte’s reference book 'Luftwaffe Flight Headgear' where he describes as ‘flight goggles’. In appearance they are often confused with Model 306 but when placed alongside they are noticeably smaller in terms of frame and lens size. The rubber cushions are 100% sound and no perishing and the stitching is perfect. The olive green alloy frames have almost all the original olive paint on them. The single screw central nose bar adjuster is marked M.W. and on opposite side is stamped 42 dating them to 1942. The clear glass lenses fitted are exceptional and no fogging or damage. The original grey elastic back strap is fitted with correct adjusters but has lost some elasticity over the years but is fine for display purposes. Below each frame is a slide ventilation adjuster bar and really the only fault is on the right frame the adjuster end has broken off but does not notice or detract from a display point of view. The rubber face pads are stamped 18 and R on one and 28 on the other. All Luftwaffe flight goggles are getting very hard to find now so these represent an excellent alternative at an entry level price.