British hand periscope?

Discussion in 'Weapons, Technology & Equipment' started by Chris C, Jan 31, 2020.

  1. Chris C

    Chris C Canadian researcher

    The stowage list for the Archer mentions a "hand periscope". While I have a general idea of what such a thing would look like, I tried to do a google search and came up empty. Does anyone have a picture of one of them?
  2. AB64

    AB64 Senior Member

    possibly one of these - I know the RA used them

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  3. Robert-w

    Robert-w Banned

    There are illustrations of hand held tank periscopes in 'The fighting tanks' 1930. These were thin cylinders with a round eye piece and viewing lens. The internals were prisms similar to those used in binoculars and monoculars and there was an element of magnification. They had a wooden handle below the eyepiece - this was similar in shape to that on the end of the chain of an old fashioned WC.
  4. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

  5. Robert-w

    Robert-w Banned

  6. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Any images or pictures?

  7. Old Git

    Old Git Harmless Curmudgeon

    I had a wooden periscope as a kid. Basically two oblong wooden boxes, one fitted inside the other and slid up and down. Angled mirrors top and bottom and it had a sling on the side. Painted Green with a crows foot embedded in either 'box'. It came down to me from a family member who had been 'in tanks', distant uncle. I think but never quite found out who. Used it all the time when playing commando's in the words with my mates, til I fell out a tree one day and smashed it up. Funny thing is, I'd forgotten all about it until I saw this thread pop up. Good Lord but I wish I had it now!
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  8. Gary Kennedy

    Gary Kennedy Member

    There's an item titled, 'Periscope, No.18, Mk.I' on the Infantry Battalion AFG stores. I tried a picture search but nothing obvious came up for it.

    (I recall having a periscope as a free gift in a comic, using cardboard boxes, in camo design of course, and mirrors that were forever falling out).
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  9. Orwell1984

    Orwell1984 Senior Member


    Here's another one for sale similar to previous ones. The firm associated with periscopes in the UK seems to ve R & J Beck.
    R & J Beck - Wikipedia

    Judging from the type numbering and the paint job, it seems like the number 14 was the one most likely prevalent in WW2.

    Vickers manufactured a tank periscope too but it was an installed device and a copy of a Polish design. Interesting history to it though:
    Vickers Tank Periscope MK.IV - Wikipedia

    Hopefully more info will surface
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  10. Chris C

    Chris C Canadian researcher

    Thanks for the pictures everyone. I haven't been able to locate the case in the stowage photographs I have, but I am glad to be able to picture it.

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