8x60 Torpedo sight, NIFE and Officine Galileo
I have to correct a mistake I made in the book. On page 46 I show a torpedo sight from the cruiser “Tre Kronor” and state that the binocular used on the instrument is a development of the NIFE 8x60” Deck mounted”.
As I finished my book in 2009 I was not familiar with the Officine Galileo instrument. It is a very heavy (22 kg) 8x60 binocular. There is a scale on top of it, obviously used for some kind of angle measurement. The binocular has 3 filters simultaneously rotatable with the single knob on the right side. My first theory was that these instruments were bought to Sweden in the 1950´s, but I was definitely wrong. As I found this picture of the binocular used on a Swedish destroyer in 1942, I had to think again.
In the book on page 30, I discuss the import to Sweden of ordnance from other countries, mainly at the beginning of World War 2. In 1940 ten railroad-wagons of optical equipment was bought from Italy. Were these binoculars part of this delivery? A part of the ordnance delivered were torpedoes, can these torpedo sights have been included in the delivery? I will try to find more facts about this.
Now it is obvious to me that the NIFE torpedo sight has more similarity with the Italian binocular as with the NIFE 8x60 “Deck mounted”. My theory is that NIFE built a copy of the Officine Galileo instrument. The NIFE 8x60 “Deck mounted” was an observation binocular, not a torpedo sight. I will have to look into this too.