Through the wardrobe door!

At the weekend the serene, beautiful one was being nosey and for some unknown reason was looking through my wardrobe.  I think that she may have been looking to get through to Narnia, although she is constantly muttering about how many designer shirts/shoes/sweaters/suits/trousers I have.  I mean she once actually counted the number of shirts that I have hanging there.  It’s not right; a bloke must have some privacy, and shirts.

Anyway I am digressing from my tale; she emerged holding up a large pair of binoculars and asked if I knew they were at the bottom of the wardrobe.  I grabbed them and lied “Of course I did”.

I examined the said binoculars that I had thought lost years ago and the memories flooded back.  The binoculars are huge, heavy and rubber armoured.  During my naval service I was taking part in evolutions in 1954/55 as part of Arctic Warfare training and we had docked in Tromso in Norway.  I saw these really cool WW2 German binoculars in a shop window in the town.  It wasn’t a second hand shop just a shop selling a few tins of food and other odds and ends.  I went in and haggled and bought the said binocular for about £5.00.

At that time there were salvage companies scrapping the German Bismarck Class Battleship Tirpitz which was lying in the nearby fjord, courtesy of a couple of British Mini Subs and a couple of Tallboy bombs dropped from a British Lancaster Bomber.   I thought that they may have been liberated from the wreck but that may have been wishful thinking.

They are marked Hensoldt Wetzlar Nacht Dialyt 8×56 and brought back memories of “Das Boot” and the like.  As I said they looked really cool in Grandson speak.  So nearly sixty years later I searched on the internet and found that the Hensoldt Company in Wetzlar, Germany was taken over by Carl Zeiss and they are  quite a sought after bit of kit.  On eBay there is a similar pair in Poland at a buy now price of £700 plus postage.

I think that my lady wife might have discovered Narnia unless it’s all a daydream.

My Lord it is a real pain putting things on eBay to sell them, lots of photos and even lots more flim-flam just to post an item for sale.  However on day one I have 6 watchers and 47 people have looked at them.  Das ist ja gut?


About Jake

Long retired travel writer, author and freelance journalist. Educated at Wolverton Grammar and Greenwich Naval College. Happily married since 1958, with a married son and daughter, a married granddaughter and an adult grandson. Hobbies rock-climbing, dinghy racing and ocean racing. Still regularly working out in the gym.
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