This compass was found during the summer of 2009 in the
region of Noville (Basstogne), and attributed to WW-II U.S. Paratrooper
vintage. Undoubtedly its small size made it an easy item to add to
a soldier's picket to assist in map reading and direction finding.
Its brass ring is battered and the crystal face is
cracked but the compass points on the dial face are still easily read.
Most of the word "Patent" appears immediately to the right of "North"
at the top of the dial.
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