German military flashlights or Taschenlampen (pocket lamps) came in all shapes and sizes and were made by dozens of European manufacturers during World War II. Probably the most common Wehrmacht style was made with a rectangular metal case containing batteries and either wire or leather attachments to facilitate hanging it from a coat button.
This Nazi era bakelite pocket Taschenlampe
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Somewhat more sophisticated were the "dynamo" type pocket lamps that did not require a battery. Rather, they contained a small armature and flywheel driven by a gear meshing with teeth on a hand lever. As the armature turned it generated enough electrical current to light a small bulb and the flywheel kept the armature turning between "pumps" on the hand lever. These were widely used by the Army, SS, Kriegsmarine, Luftwaffe in the Third Reich Germany of Adolf Hitler.
The Taschenlampe we offer here is made of dark brown bakelite with a plated steel hand piece and bulb guard. It still has the original lens over the bulb, something that is often missing nowadays.
There is an oval logo containing three rings molded into one side. A small sliding catch below the lens releases the spring loaded hand piece for operation.
The flashlight is about 1 inch thick, 2 inches tall, 4 inches long and weighs about 5 ounces. Working the hand lever of this Taschenlampe produces a "quiet" noise that would have been recognized instantly by every Landser in the German Army. Although the lever drives the flywheel, the bulb does not light up unfortunately. We don't know if the problem is the bulb, a loose wire or something else, but any competent mechanic ought to be able to figure it out. All of the exterior pieces of this Tachenlampe are in very good used condition.
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NAZI WEHRMACHT DYNAMO FLASHLIGHT
POWERED BY A
HAND GENERATOR AS USED BY THE GERMAN ARMED FORCES DURING WORLD WAR II
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