Captured in Normandy a German Sd.Kfz. 251/20 - Uhu (Eagle Owl) in late 1944, mounted a 60 cm infrared searchlight with a range of 1.5 km for illuminating targets at night, they guided IR sight-equipped Panther tanks to targets that were out of range of their own smaller infrared searchlights


Take a look at this we think the united states had something comparable by the end, but I aren't able to find it right now. The united states had an infrared range for the M1 Carbine, search for M3 Carbine and also you'll find it. ...



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  • Have a look at this I think the US had something similar by the end, but I can't find it right now.
  • The US had an infrared scope for the M1 Carbine, search for M3 Carbine and you'll find it.
  • Yes, that's the one! Thanks 🙂 Ian from forgotten weapons did a piece on it a while back.
  • Thank you! This has definitely spurred me onto read more. Especially about how the technology was actually used (e.g. combat operations). Thanks again!
  • You are very welcome, this device is actually one of my favorite little gadgets of military history as I am an optical engineer myself 🙂
  • My Grandpa was a tail gunner in a Lancaster during the war and he told me of volunteering for a night mission where he was put into a Lanc and told to point a device and shot when he was told to. He said it looked a lot like a very large camera, he did what he was told to do and that was the last he heard of it, he thought it might have been a night camera but he wasn't sure. He was not usually a man to tell tale tales and he didn't talk much about the war so I while I can't say it was what he was doing it is what he believed.
  • Gotta give it to the Germans, they do have a thing for technologically advanced experimental stuff, even in times of desperation
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