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Air Ministry Binoculars for Night Use - Click for the bigger picture

Air Ministry Binoculars for Night Use

This design is referred to as 'Husan Pilot’ Pattern and are for low light use. No makers details are shown but we understand them to be by Henry Hughes and come complete with issue leather case and neck strap. The design is based on the 1920's Galilean pattern and their low x2.5 magnification and 10° field of view combined with 50 mm objectives gave them exceptional performance in low light. For this reason they were used for various purposes in WW11 including use by RAF aircrew (including Pathfinder Squadrons)and also were also issued to Airborne Glider pilots, the Parachute Regiment and Special Forces including those involved in D-Day ‘Operation Market Garden’. We can provide a copy image of Maj. Gen. ‘Boy’ Browning with an identical pair around his neck!These binoculars were clearly issued for RAF use and are marked Ref 6E/338 and carry a Kings Crown and AM stamp. The same detail is repeated on the case together with ‘Binoculars for night Use.’ The optics are crisp and the central focus sharp. The black finish on the heavy brass case shows wear commensurate with their age;the Bakelite eye cups again show minor age related wear. It is rare to find an Air Ministry marked example of these desirable wartime binoculars so grab the opportunity to purchase whilst you can! This is only the second set we have had here in the last 10 years!