During the years 1942-1945 the Leica IIIc within serial numbers 385001 – 386000 was sent to numerous destinations. In addition to Germany, the delivery records carefully preserved at the Leitz Park Archive list the following: Albania, Austria, Bulgaria, China, Manchukuo, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Rumania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and Yogoslavia. Italy received approximately 14% of the deliveries. Allied countries are not recorded.
The Leica IIIc at 385001-386000 is usually absent in collections I have studied. Were many (if not most) of these artifacts lost/destroyed during the Second World War? The illustrations show several examples discovered during over four decades of research.
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