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Is this a WW2 American compass?

Article about: I think it vietnam era compass ( id don't collect vietnam stuff). I see these compasses a lot in my part of the world. I doubt it Korea, because US used a lot of surplus WWII gear in the Kor

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    Default Is this a WW2 American compass?

    Hello Gents,

    I have here an unmarked compass. As shown in the pictures below, not in a very good condition but still working. I would like to ask from our knowledgeable members whether this is an American ww2 or not?

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    It looks to be a U.S. Army WWII Lensatic Compass. These would be used to take accurate bearings for land navigations, and were also used to direct artillery fire.

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    You should have a date on the botton of it.Yes it is US but WW2? they were made after ww2 also.

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    it's definately U.S., when I got out of the army in 96, we still had the same type, but the case was cheap plastic. I lost mine , wonder if it can find it's way home.

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    Thanks to all your comments guys... Yes, definitely a US compass. But I can't determined its era.. Try looking at the back closely, can't find any markings. It would have been easier..

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    looks like WW !! or Korea?

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    It not World War II, it post war

    This is a World War II Compass
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    You can tell the difference
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    Thanks Franz! Could be Korean war era... There's a mile difference between our compasses.

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    Could be any era post WWII. I used these aluminum ones in the Army up to the mid 80's. Maybe the aluminum oxidation is hiding a mark somewhere.

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    Thanks to your comment George. I will check the compass again.

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