crossing the river by using the Zeltbahn
In the spring of 1943, the 264. Infanterie-Division was formed in Belgium. During the following summermonths, they held several excercises to prepare the unit for combat in the Balkan later that year.
These men of the Staf Kompanie from Infanterie Regiment 892 are on a day training to refresh their compas and orientation skills.
When determining a line of march with the "Marschkompass" the steel helmet must be removed, otherwise this will interfere the magnetic field of the compass.
This was the typical marching compass of the Wehrmacht soldiers until 1945. There were several models produced, the first models were made entirely of brass (case and lid) and the folding ruler measured only 50 mm. Due to lack of raw material during the war, the parts weren't made of brass anymore but from aluminium. On the other side, the ruler became longer: 60 mm. All compasses featured 6400 mils divisions, counterclockwise.