|WW2 Group of 3 button Compasses|
U.S. Group of 3 button escape kit compasses (American Model). USAAF Survival item. Very small compasses meant to be hidden in button, kit, or other area.
Most escape kits were of British design and manufacter, including the compasses and were issued to British and Americans alike. The Americans did make an escape compass of their own, which is less common than the British types. It is different in that it is typically noticeably larger in diameter and in that is has a printed compass card with the four compass directions. The advantage of this would have been that there could be no doubt about what indicated North. Also, some of the escape compasses had a line running across the lens as well, serving the same purpose as the hairline on a normal field compass.
Item # FLU-1576
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