B.M. Cole


German Kurskoppler: Model 3040-B, Model 3040-G

A report by the British Intelligence Objectives Sub-Committee (BIOS); July 1945

A report on the Kurskoppler, an automatic dead reckoning navigational aid designed by the Germans for use in aircraft, 2-man submarines and small boats - a very early development in navigational computing.

Duplicated typewritten report in English, 10 x 7.5 inches, 25 x 19 cms. 7 pages text, 2 diagrams and 7 photographs of the Kurskoppler.

Very good in original stapled card wrappers.

The American Air Force were aware by March 1945 of the development of the innovative Kurskoppler, (USAFE Air Intelligence Summary: Notes on Enemy Aircraft and Units, March 1945) although they had few technical details of how the equipment operated.

By July 1945, prototypes had been found at Bleichrode near Nordhausen. The subsequent examination of the instrument by US intelligence officers resulted in the provision of this, the first authoritative report in English on the Kurskoppler.

This report states the Kurskoppler to be "much less complicated and more compact than its counterpart, the integrating mechanism of the American airborne odograph".

By the end of 1945, the higher speeds, longer ranges and greater altitudes flown by the then new crop of fighter aircraft made the provision of automatic DR equipment a high priority. The German Kurskoppler designers had anticipated this need.

More information on these original WW2 CIOS and BIOS reports.

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