This is a Germsn range site which is panoramic periscope for a artillery gun not sure exactly which one. The site is in semi-relic but solid condition still with some of its glass left in place and not working the outer case is rusty but solid and been well cleaned the dials still with all there original brass colour and markings very clear to see it is maker marked as well again can be seen it has cleaned up very well still a lot of original colours and is perfect for display or any collection. The range site was recovered in the Hurtgen Forest on the German-Belgium border this was the scene of a massive battle from September to December 1944 with the Germans trying to stop the American advance in to Germany.
This battle was a series of fierce battles fought from 19 September to 16 December 1944 in the Hurtgen Forest which is about 50 square miles of Forest and Villages east of the Belgian–German border. It was the longest battle on German ground during World War 2 and is the longest single battle the U.S. Army has ever fought. At the start, the forest was defended by the German 275th and 353rd Infantry Divisions; understrength but well prepared—5,000 men (1,000 in reserve)—and commanded by Generalleutnant Hans Schmidt. They had little artillery and no tanks. As the battle progressed, German reinforcements were added including Tank support. American expectations that these troops were weak and ready to withdraw were over optimistic
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German artillery gun in action in the Hurtgen forest