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Old 11-09-2019, 08:09 PM
 
Location: West Los Angeles
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If WWII U-boats did not come equipped with binoculars and an UZO manufactured by Zeiss, would U-boats be anywhere near as effective as they were? It seems to me that the ability to see without being seen at night was the principal factor at least early on in U-Boat warfare, and if U-boats only had regular, non-Zeiss optics, it would have been quite a different story. Not only would all the targets of a convoy not be detected visually as easily (it's good to know exactly where those destroyers are before sending a few fish to that tanker), but the angle on the bow and target speed would be more difficult to determine and fed into the Torpedo Data Computer. I'd wager Zeiss optics played a significant role in U-Boat warfare.
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Old 11-12-2019, 06:03 PM
 
Location: Tucson AZ & Leipzig, Germany
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You should visit the Zeiss Museum of Optics in Jena, Germany. I was living in Leipzig from May to the end of September, and went to Jena many times on the train. It is a 1 hour train trip south of Leipzig or about the same distance east of Erfurt, the state capital. The story of Zeiss Optics is much bigger than the military applications of their products. Science and medicine have been their main focus in the past 160 years.

The nearby German Optics Museum is closed for renovation at present, but it is also linked with the development of optical technology in the small city of Jena.

https://www.zeiss.com/corporate/int/...of-optics.html
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Old 11-13-2019, 11:01 AM
 
Location: Texas
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The US Navy didn't have Zeiss optics for our subs, yet they decimated Japanese shipping in the Pacific. No doubt the German optics may be marginally superior to our Bausch & Lomb binos, but not enough to make a measurable difference in the outcome of the Battle of the Atlantic.

The German wolf packs enjoyed a relatively brief period of great success.

Once the US/Brits put on a full bore anti-sub campaign, the u-boats became iron coffins.
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