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FACTS AND HISTORY OF THE ELGIN, WALTHAM, WITTNAUER, HANHART,UMF, LEMANIA WATCH COMPANIES AND THEIR CONTRIBUTION OF TIMER WATCHES TO ALLIED FORCES DURING WWII,
THE ELGIN A-8 GRADE 582 “A-8” WAS DESIGNATED BY THE US ARMY-AIRFORCE AS: Watch. Navigation(Ground Speed) Type A-8.
THE MAIN FEATURE IS THAT A FULL REVOLUTION IS ONLY 10 SECONDS.
THERE ARE SOME WALTHAM A-8 WWII WATCHES WITH WALTHAM CALIBER, BUT THEY ARE EXTREMELY RARE.
THE A-8 “JITTERBUG” NAVIGATION TIMER IS A 10 SECOND STOP WATCH UTILIZED BY NAVIGATION CREWS TO SET GROUND SPEED TO DETERMINE THE ****AIR SPEED OF EVERY BOMBER THAT SERVED IN THE VARIOUS ALLIED FORCES DURING WWII. THE NAME “JITTERBUG” WAS GIVEN THE A-8 BY AIR CREWS DUE TO NOISE IT MADE WHEN RUNNING.
THIS MILITARY WATCH BOX™ “MILITARY TIMER BOX” INCLUDES TWO A-8 TIMERS. ONE IS A WALTHAM THE OTHER AN ELGIN. THE ELGIN IS A WORKING MODEL THAT WAS DISASSEMBLE AND THE PARTS MOUNTED FOR DISPLAY IN THE BOX.
ELGIN NATIONAL WATCH COMPANY
AWESOME ORIGINAL ELGIN A-8 WITH DI
ABOVE CENTER IS WHERE THE ELGIN A-8 IS MOUNTED
THE ELGIN A-8 THAT IS DISASSEMBLED HAS A DI FOR THE 54th Antiaircraft Artillery Missile Battalion THAT BEARS THE MOTTO”NIKA 54″ WITH A MISSILE ON THE CASE BACK. THE ELGIN IS A WWII MODEL THAT WAS UTILIZED UNTIL AT LEAST 1955 WHEN THE WWII 54th Antiaircraft Battalion WAS redesigned ON THE 15 December 1954 as the 54th Antiaircraft Artillery Missile
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NOW WE COME TO OUR 2ND WATCH A WWII ELGIN TIMER.
THIS ELGIN IS SO RARE WE HAVE FOUND/SEEN/ DISCOVERED ONLY 4 OF THESE IN 4 YEARS. THIS TIMER BY ELGIN IS CASED IN SOLID NICKEL. IT HAS A DOUBLE HINGED CASE BACK WITH INNER CASE BACK THAT SEALS MOVEMENT AND A OUTER CASE BACK WITH 4 HOLES: WHICH ALLOW FOR MOUNTING AND THIS TIMER DOES NOT STOP AND START LIKE ALL OTHER TIMERS
ELGIN MILITARY 60 SECONDS TIMER
ELGIN MILITARY 60 SECONDS TIMER CASE BACK
THUS, WITH A FEW CHANGES, SUCH AS LARGER BALANCE, WHICH EXTENDS TIMER TO A 60 SECONDS TIMER, IT IS JUST LIKE THE A-8 CALIBER AND MADE BY ELGIN AND MADE FOR THE MILITARY..
THIS TIMER ONLY WORKS WHEN YOU PHYSICALLY PUSH AND HOLD THE CROWN. THE TIMER HAS TO BE LOCKED TO AN OBJECT AND THEN, WEN IT IS TURNED TO COME INTO CONTACT WITH ANOTHER OBJECT, IT BEGINS TO TIME.
THIS TIMER ONLY WORKS WHEN YOU PHYSICALLY PUSH AND HOLD THE CROWN. THE TIMER HAS TO BE LOCKED. THE OTHER ITEMS IS THAT IT IS SOLID NICKEL VS THE NICKEL PLATED OF THE A-8. ALSO SERIAL PLACES THE PRODUCTION AT MID 1944.
SO, THIS ELGIN TIMER WAS FOR WWII USE.IT WAS MADE IN MID 1944. IT PURPOSELY HAS A CROWN THAT ONLY ALLOWS WINDING AND STARTING, AND, THE CROWN MUST BE HELD DOWN TO OPERATE. AND, PICTURES SHOW THAT REPAIRS WERE AT A MILITARY BASE/ESTABLISHMENT. THAT THE CROWN HAS A ROUND WITH FLAT EXTENDED BUBBLE TOP ALLOWS IT TO BE PUSHED DOWN ON OBJECTS. COMBINED THAT IT WAS ACTUALLY CREATED FROM A BASIC A-8 CONFIGURATION WITH THE COLUMN WHEEL LEFT OUT WITH PURPOSE. SO, NOT ONLY IS IT RARE, IT IS ALSO A MYSTERY THAT WILL COME TO LIGHT ONE DAY.
197 INFANTRY BDE
The 197th Infantry Brigade was an Infantry brigade of the United States Army. The brigade’s mission was to “access and train Soldiers and Infantry leaders, demonstrate Infantry tactics, provide subject matter expertise, develop doctrine and support the USAIS in order to provide the army with soldiers and leaders prepared to fight and win
The unit mission was not only support to the Infantry School but also to specialize in desert, jungle and urban warfare. The 197th Infantry Brigade was a stand alone heavy brigade, which during the Gulf War (Desert Storm) was attached to the 24th Infantry Division out of Fort Stewart, Georgia as their third brigade. Soldiers in the 197th who are veterans of the Gulf War wear as their combat patch the patch of the 197th, not the 24th.
The 197th was inactivated within months of returning from the war, to be officially reactivated as the 3rd Brigade, 24th Infantry Division.
MILITARY NAVIGATION TIMER
THE WALTHAM A-8 [“A-8” WAS DESIGNATED BY THE US ARMY-AIRFORCE AS: Watch. Navigation(Ground Speed) Type A-8. ]
THE MAIN FEATURE IS THAT A FULL REVOLUTION IS ONLY 10 SECONDS.
THIS IS THE RARE WWII WALTHAM A-8 WITH WALTHAM CALIBER.
THE A-8 “JITTERBUG” NAVIGATION TIMER IS A 10 SECOND STOP WATCH UTILIZED BY NAVIGATION CREWS TO SET GROUND SPEED TO DETERMINE THE ****AIR SPEED OF EVERY BOMBER [AND MANY OTHER AIRPLANE CREWS] THAT SERVED IN THE VARIOUS ALLIED FORCES DURING WWII.
THIS WALTHAM VERSION OF THE A-8 HAS SIMILAR
THE YEAR IS NOTED AS 1943. IS IS A SIZE 16 AND HAS NINE JEWELS?
THE CASE IS COMPOSED OF BASE METAL WITH NICKEL PLATE
SIGNED LIKE THE ELGIN, ALL MILITARY WATCHES WHOSE
NOTE THE IMPORTANT
THE A-8 HAD SCREW CASES, THE INNER DUST/MOISTURE
A prime focus in 1927 were Aviation watches WITTNAUER and LONGINES both worked with a U.S. Navy officer named Philip Van Horn Weems, whose design for a Second Setting Watch included an inner, rotating dial. The aviator would move the dial until he heard a time-tone on his radio, thus capturing any deviations from Greenwich Civil Time.
Another influence on Wittnauer timepieces of this era was Wittnauer watchmaker John Heinmuller, who was the official timekeeper of the U.S. National Aeronautical Association and became one of the country’s leading authorities on U.S. air mail stamps. Because of all this attention to navigation wristwatches and devices, Clarence D. Chamberlin and Charles A. Levine used Wittnauer chronometers for their 1927 Trans-Atlantic flight and Charles Collyer and John Henry Mears used two Wittnauers in 1928 when they famously raced the moon around the earth—they did it in 24 days, beating the moon by 72 hours. Howard Hughes wore Wittnauers in the 1930s/ The depression was the cause of the sale in 1936.
Longines-Wittnauer provided Wittnauer with contracts for Weems wristwatches, as well as compasses and timers, during World War II.
THIS PARTICULAR GRIDIRON WITTNAUER WAS DEVELOPED AS A SPORTS TIMER WHEN WWII BROKE OUT. WITTNAUER WOULD HAVE OVER 500,000 TIMERS, WATCHES, COMPASSES AND OTHER TIMING DEVICES BEING UTILIZED BY US FORCES –NOTE: BRITISH & OTHER FORCES ALSO UTILIZED WITTNAUER PRODUCTS. THIS PARTICULAR WITTY HAS PROVIDENCE. IT IS LOADED FOR BEAR WITH TRENCH ART: FROM THE THE RIM TO THE CASE BACK ARE INSCRIPTIONS AND DATES. AND THEN THERE IS THE CREST.DI FOR THE 2ND ARMORED DIVISION!
THE WITTNAUER GRIDIRON WAS USED FOR ARTILLERY, TANK AND OTHER IMPORTANT
The 2nd Armored Division (“Hell on Wheels”) was an armored division of the United States Army. The division played an important role during World War II in the invasions of North Africa and Sicily and the liberation of France, Belgium, and the Netherlands and the invasion of Germany. During the Cold War, the division was primarily based at Fort Hood, Texas, and had a reinforced brigade forward stationed in West Germany. After participation in the Persian Gulf War, the division was inactivated in 1995.
Active 1940–1995, Branch United States Army, Type Division, Role Armored warfare, Size Division, Part of Armor Branch, Nickname Hell On Wheels, Engagements World War II -Vietnam War -Gulf War
THE CROWN WINDS THE MAINSPRING. CLICK ONCE TO START, CLICK AGAIN TO STOP TO READ, CLICK AGAIN TO RETURN COUNTERS TO POSITION. THIS GRIDIRON HAS THE GALLET AND CO PATENTED SLIDE. WHICH WOULD SHUT THE WATCH TO LOCK POSITION. RENDERING THE CROWN USELESS UNTIL THE SLIDE WAS PUSHED.
THE CASE HAS A DOUBLE HINGED BACK. INNER SEAL AND OUTER SEAL
THE MOVEMENT HAS SEVEN JEWELS AND IS SIGNED
THIS TIMER HAS REFERENCES TO BOTH THE 2ND AND 3RD DIVISIONS. THE CASE BACK HAS A DI WITH THE THIRD’S MOTTO “HELL ON WHEELS. THE INCLUDED 3RD DIVISION CHALLENGE COIN IS FROM
The 3rd -aka “Third Herd”- and the 2nd -aka “Hell on Wheels”- were armored Division of the United States Army organized as “heavy” armored divisions.
As a “heavy” division, they possessed two armored regiments. The 3rd division’s core units were the 36th Armored Infantry Regiment, the 32nd Armored Regiment, the 33rd Armored
As with most American divisions in World War II, they suffered heavy casualties, and by the end of the war, replacement troops often outnumbered veterans in the line units.
HHC, 2nd Brigade
In response to the changing cold war scenario, 3AD was instructed to begin selective standing down of various Division elements during the summer of 1990. Some units, for
The Third Herd was first activated in 1941, and was active in the European Theater of World War II. The division was stationed in West Germany for much of the Cold War, and
On 17 January 1992 in Germany, the division ceased operations; in October 1992 it was formally deactivated as part of a general drawing down of forces at the end of the Cold
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Air speed indicators on WWII aircraft were controlled by air being forced into the air speed indicator as you flew your plane. The problem was as you gained altitude less and less air entered the device and there was always cross winds straight winds so your speed, relative to the ground, was going to be either lower or higher depending on whether you are flying into the wind or with the wind. Ground speed was required to precisely know your air speed which was important of you wanted to bomb a target, drop men from the plane, to precisely time your flight.. and navigate properly.
To figure your actual ground-speed and compare it to the airspeed indicator and then adjust your navigation calculations accordingly, the pilot or navigator would pick out, say, a pair of known parallel roads or other landmarks that were already distance measured, they would then click the A-8 10 second timer on at the first mark then off at the second. Using the elapsed time along with calculations they could figure their actual ground speed and adjust instruments.
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