German Optics Codes and Manufacturers

German weapons, vehicles and equipment 1919-1945.

Moderator: sniper1shot

Post Reply
User avatar
John W. Howard
Moderator
Posts: 2270
Joined: Fri Sep 27, 2002 10:55 pm

German Optics Codes and Manufacturers

Post by John W. Howard » Fri Feb 13, 2009 12:29 am

beh E. Leitz
bek Hensoldt Werk für Optik und Mechanik, Herborn, Dillkress
blc Carl Zeiss Militärbeteilung, Jena
bmj Hensoldt, Wetzlar
bpd Optische Anstalt, C.P. Goerz, Wien

cag Swarovski, D. Glasfabrik und Tyrolit, Scheifmittelwerke, Wattens/Tyrol
cxn Emil Busch, A.G., Optische Industrie, Rathenow

ddx Voigtlander & Sohn, Braunschweig
dpv Karl Zeiss Ikon, Dresden
dpw Karl Zeiss Ikon Goerzwerke, Berlin
dpx Karl Zeiss Ikon, A. G., Stuttgart
dym Rünge, Kaulfuss, Fabrik Optic, Rathenow
dzl Optische Anstalt, Oigee, Berlin

emq Carl Zeiss, Jena
eso Optische Werke München, München
eug Optische Präzisionswerke, Warschau

fxp Hans Köllmorgen, Optische Anstalt, Berlin

ghp Ruf & Co Optics, Kassel

hdy Optische Österode, Österode, Harz
hkm Carl Braunn, K. G., Optische Industrie, Nürnberg

jnh Hensöldt Werk für Optik und Mechanik, Herborn, Dillkress
jve Optische Werke, E. Ludwig, Weixdorf, S/A

kjj Askania Werke A.G., Berlin
krq Emil Busch, A. G., Optische Industrie, Rathenow

lae Heinrich Zeiss, Gastingen/Wortheland
lwg Optische Werke, Osterode, Freiheit b/Osterode, Harz

rln Karl Zeiss, Jena

I hope this list is helpful; This is not a complete list by any means.
John W. Howard

User avatar
Simon H
Associate
Posts: 635
Joined: Mon Sep 30, 2002 8:28 am
Location: UK/EU

Re: German Optics Codes and Manufacturers

Post by Simon H » Fri Feb 13, 2009 5:02 am

Hello John,
Below yours plus a few more for the melting pot!


CODE MANUFACTURER CITY COUNTRY
b e h ERNST LEITZ. WETZLAR GERMANY
b e k HENSOLDT WERK FUR OPTIK UND MECHANIK HERBORN GERMANY
b l c CARL ZEISS, MILITARABTEILUNG JENA JENA GERMANY
b m h JIRASEK (not in Walter) PRAGUE CZECH
b m j M. HENSOLDT & SOHNE, A.G. WETZLAR GERMANY
b m t C. A. STEINHEIL SOHNE, GmbH MUNICH GERMANY
b p d C. P. GOERZ, GmbH VIENNA AUSTRIA
b v f C. REICHERT VIENNA AUSTRIA
b y g JOH. WYKSEN, K.G. KATTOWITZ POLAND
b z z I.G.-FARBENINDUSTRIE, CAMERAWERK MUNICH GERMANY
c a d KARL KAHLES (telescopic sights) VIENNA AUSTRIA
c a g D. SWAROVSKI WATTENS/TIROL AUSTRIA
c a u KODAK AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT, DR. NAGEL WERK STUTTGART GERMANY
c c x OPTISCHE UND FEINMECHANISCHE WERKE, HUGO MEYER & CO. GOERLITZ GERMANY
c l b DR. F. A. WOHLER KASSEL GERMANY
c l n ED. SPRENGER BERLIN GERMANY
c r h FRANZ SCHMIDT & HAENSCH BERLIN GERMANY
c r n HANSEATISCHE WERKSTATTEN FUR FEINMECHANIK UND OPTIK, FRIEDRICHS & Co. HAMBURG GERMANY
c r o R. FUESS, formerly J. G. GREINER & GEISSLER BERLIN GERMANY
c x n EMIL BUSCH, A.G. RATHENOW GERMANY
d d v OCULUS (optometrist equipment, possibly gunsights) BERLIN GERMANY
d d x VOIGTLAENDER & SOHN, A.G. BRAUNSCHWEIG GERMANY
d k l JOSEF SCHNEIDER KREUZNACH GERMANY
d o q DEUTSCHE SPIEGELGLAS A.G. (telescopes, lenses) LEINE GERMANY
d o w WAFFENWERKE BRUNN A.G. (1943-OPTICOTECHNA GmbH) PRERAU CZECH.
d p g ADOX KAMERAWERK GmbH (cameras) WIESBADEN GERMANY
d p v ZEISS IKON A.G. DRESDEN GERMANY
d p w ZEISS IKON A.G. GOERZWERK BERLIN GERMANY
d p x ZEISS IKON A.G., CONTESSAWERK STUTTGART GERMANY
d y m RUNGE & KAULFUSS RATHENOW GERMANY
d y s HEINRICH ZEISS, UNIONZEISS K.G. ('apparently optical' BERLIN GERMANY
d z l OPTISCHE ANSTALT OIGEE GmbH BERLIN GERMANY
e a f MECHANOPTIK GESELLSCHAFT FUR PRAZISIONSTECHNIK, AUDE & REIPERT BABELSBERG GERMANY
e a w R. WINKEL GmbH GOETTINGEN GERMANY
e e d KURBI & NIGGELOH (photographic equipment) RADEVORMWALD GERMANY
e s o G. RODENSTOCK MUNICH GERMANY
e s u STEINHEIL SOHNE GmbH (telescopes & optics) MUNICH GERMANY
e u g OPTISCHE PRAZISIONS WERKE GmbH WARSAW POLAND
f c o SENDLINGER OPTISCHE GLASWERKE GmbH BERLIN GERMANY
f j t PHOTOGRAMMETRIE GmbH (aerial recon. cameras) MUNICH GERMANY
f l n FRANZ RAPSCH A.G. (sights, often subcontractor to Busch) RATHENOW GERMANY
f v s SPINDLER & HOYER K.G. GOTTINGEN GERMANY
f v x BECK & SOHNE KASSEL GERMANY
f w r OPTISCHE ANSTALT SAALFELD GmbH SAALFELD GERMANY
f x p HANS KOLLMORGEN GmbH BERLIN GERMANY
g a g F. MOLLENKOPF STUTTGART GERMANY
g k p RUF & Co., formerly CARL SCHUTZ KASSEL GERMANY
g u g UNGARNISCHE OPTISCHE WERKE A.G. BUDAPEST HUNGARY
g u j WERNER D. KUEHN BERLIN GERMANY
g w v ERNST PLANK NURNBERG GERMANY
g x l FRANKE & HEIDECKE (photographic equipment) BRAUNSCHWEIG GERMANY
g x p HOMRICH & SOHN (photographic equipment)
h d v OPTISCHE WERK OSTERODE GmbH OSTERODE GERMANY
h f o VALENTIN LINHOF OHG (photographic equipment) MUNICH GERMANY
h k m CARL BRAUN KG NURNBERG GERMANY
h n a KORELLE WERKE, G.H. BRANDTMANN & Co. (photographic) DRESDEN GERMANY
h r w HOH & HAHNE (photographic reproduction equipment) LEIPZIG GERMANY
h w t IHAGEE KAMERAWERK, STEENBERGEN & Co. (cameras) DRESDEN GERMANY
h x h A. KRUSS HAMBURG GERMANY
j f n TETENAL PHOTOWERK, Dr. TRIEPEL, K.G. (photographic equipment) BERLIN GERMANY
j f p DR. CARL LEISS BERLIN GERMANY
j n h F. TUTEMANN (lens holders & optical equipment) LUDENSCHEID GERMANY
j o n VOIGTLANDER-GEVAERT (cameras) BERLIN GERMANY
j u x NEDINSCO, NEDERLANDSCHE INSTRUMENTEN, (vehicle & aircraft instruments?) VENLO NETHERLANDS
j v e ERNST LUDWIG WEIXDORF GERMANY
j x n HELMUT KORTH BERLIN GERMANY
k h c OTTO HIMMLER (microscopes, optical equipment) BERLIN GERMANY
k l n ERNST & WILHELM BERTRAM (photographic equipment) MUNICH GERMANY
k n a DER ROBOT, BERNING & Co., K.G. (photographic equipment) DUSSELDORF GERMANY
k q c JOS. SCHNEIDER & Co., K.G. GOETTINGEN GERMANY
k r q EMIL BUSCH A.G. (assembled from foreign components) RATHENOW GERMANY
k w c GAMMA FEINMECHANISCHE & OPTISCHE WERKE BUDAPEST HUNGARY
k x v A. JACKENROLL GmbH BERLIN GERMANY
l a e HEINRICH ZEISS, UNION ZEISS K.G. GOSTINGEN
l f n REFLEKTA-KAMERAFABRIK, C. RICHTER (cameras) THARANDT GERMANY
l m q CARL ZEISS (assembled from foreign components) JENA GERMANY
l w g OPTISCHE WERKE OSTERODE GmbH (assembled from foreign components) OSTERODE GERMANY
l w w HUET ET CIE PARIS FRANCE
l w x OPTIQUE ET PRECISION DE LEVALLOIS, PARIS LEVALLOIS-PERRET FRANCE
l w y SOCIETE OPTIQUE ET MECANIQUE DE HAUTE PRECISION PARIS FRANCE
m b v I.G. FARBENINDUSTRIE, A.G.; AGFA (cameras) BERLIN GERMANY
m c a FOTOWERK, Dr. C. SCHLEUSSNER, GmbH (photographic equipment) FRANKFURT GERMANY
m t q PHOTOCHEMISCHE FABRIK ROLAND RISSE GmbH (photographic equipment) FLORSHEIM GERMANY
m t r VOIGTLANDER & SOHN, A.G. (cameras) BERLIN GERMANY
m t u A. LORENZ (MTU also used for AEG electrical equipment) GUTENFELD
m t v A. LORENZ DRESDEN GERMANY
n m s RICHARD HOLZ BERLIN GERMANY
n x t S.A.I. OTTICO MECCANICA E RILEVAMENTI AEROFOTOGRAMMETRICI
(stereoscopic aerial photography equipment) ROME ITALY
o c p AKTOPHOT GmbH (photographic equipment) PRAG-SABECHTLITZ
o c v W. KLAZAR (precision engineering; reportedly photographic equipment) PRAG
o k c HAUFF A.G. (photographic equipment) STUTTGART GERMANY
p v f C. REICHERT VIENNA AUSTRIA
r l n CARL ZEISS JENA GERMANY

A.G. = AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT; JOINT STOCK COMPANY
GmbH = GESELLSCHAFT MIT BESCHRANKTER HAFTUNG; LIMITED COMPANY
I.G. = INTERRESENGEMEINSCHAFT; UNION OF INTERESTS
K.G. = KOMMANDITGESELLSCHAFT; LIMITED PARTNERSHIP
OHG = OFFENE HANDELSGESELLSCHAFT; PRIVATE FIRM (literally, 'open trading company')

umlauts are omitted
Simon Harrold

WW2 Battlefield Relics: German Erkennungsmarken decoded.

User avatar
John W. Howard
Moderator
Posts: 2270
Joined: Fri Sep 27, 2002 10:55 pm

Re: German Optics Codes and Manufacturers

Post by John W. Howard » Sun Feb 15, 2009 10:59 pm

Thanks Simon!!
John W. Howard

Peter93929
New Member
Posts: 17
Joined: Sat Oct 19, 2002 2:41 pm
Location: Istria

Re: German Optics Codes and Manufacturers

Post by Peter93929 » Fri Mar 20, 2009 4:07 am

Hi

I didn't notice Valsts Elektrotehniskā Fabrika of Riga there, who made the Minox cameras and presumably other optical material. Incidentally, Wikipaedia refersw to the US government purchasing Minox cameras mid war. Were they produced under licence there?

Cheers

Peter
Peter

User avatar
John W. Howard
Moderator
Posts: 2270
Joined: Fri Sep 27, 2002 10:55 pm

Re: German Optics Codes and Manufacturers

Post by John W. Howard » Fri Mar 20, 2009 11:43 pm

Hello Peter:
The list I posted is certainly not complete, and is just a starting point, so your addition is welcome. I've done a quick search and have not located a code for VEF of Riga, but will post it if I do. The OSS purchased 25 Minox cameras to start, then more as they were produced under patent in the USA. I always wondered about the origin of Minox, so now I know :wink: Best wishes to you.
John W. Howard

Peter93929
New Member
Posts: 17
Joined: Sat Oct 19, 2002 2:41 pm
Location: Istria

Re: German Optics Codes and Manufacturers

Post by Peter93929 » Sat Mar 21, 2009 3:40 am

Glad it was a useful pointer. The Wikipaedia entry is quite good.

Cheers

Peter
Peter

Post Reply