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pre-WW2 Polish Military Compass wz. K.M 32


Poland, G.Gerlach in Warsaw, 1932 – 1939. White metal

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A Polish Army pre-WW2 marching compass. Introduced in 1932. 

Made of white metal with a strong hinge, lid with an impressed Polish Eagle, the letters W.P (Wojsko Polskie – Polish Army) and the name of the manufacturer, series number and design. “G. Gerlach Warszawa wz. K.M.32 no.5789”. A ring is mounted on the top of the compass. Elements of the compass such as magnetic pointer, dial, switch lever pointer, are functional and preserved in very good condition in the original patina. The compass has a “F1” oval military war department acceptance mark of Major Frejszmidt.

The compass is one of the main elements of equipment of the officers of the 2nd Polish Republic, reliable, made with great care and precision. Compass arrow pointers are covered with fluorescent paint, and the mechanism of the object itself after so many years since its inauguration in the army ranks fulfills the function to which it was created.