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WAR-TIME LEICA IIIb (1939-40)
Old 09-22-2017   #1
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WAR-TIME LEICA IIIb (1939-40)

Hello Jim,
I have a war-time Leica IIIb that is in unused condition. It has a 3/8ths tripod socket base-plate so was not produced for the U.S. market.
I find it difficult to understand why a Leica camera, which was produced in 1940, should never have been used.
Is there any way that I could find out to which country Leitz sent this camera , and which Leica dealer took delivery of this war-time Leica IIIb in 1940.
Many thanks for any information you could provide.
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Old 09-25-2017   #2
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Greetings Fujinon, Your IIIb looks new. 345762 is without question from 1940. With 3/8th's base it would be a European delivery The body cap you show is associated with deliveries 1940-1945 and is rather difficult to find.
I suggest you contact Leica Germany ( archive section) and they should be able to identify the country destination. I suspect a dealer will not be listed.
The IIIb is the last of the short base Leicas and has always been a favorite of mine. Thanks for writing, Jim Lager.
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Many thanks Jim for your advice. I will write to Leica Germany (archive section) like you suggest and will post any further details when I hear back from Leica.
Many thanks indeed for this information.
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