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Question about 1940's german car headlights ("valkyrie&

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Radioflyer

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Post Sun Jan 11, 2009 7:20 am

in the movie "valkyrie" i noticed that all the german cars had shrouds over their headlight with a small horizontal slit. Does anyone know the purpose of these shrouds?
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Post Sun Jan 11, 2009 12:29 pm

keep bullets from shattering the headlamps?
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Post Sun Jan 11, 2009 12:45 pm

Do you have a picture? icon_confused.gif
Moss

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Post Sun Jan 11, 2009 1:15 pm

I know some vehicles had shrouds to hide the lamp from planes above to hide routes driven.
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Post Sun Jan 11, 2009 1:25 pm

Bobby Lee wrote:
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i'm afraid i don't
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Post Sun Jan 11, 2009 2:08 pm



Is this somewhat what you are looking for/talking about??
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Post Sun Jan 11, 2009 2:56 pm

Thats probably in order to still illuminate some of the road in front, but to cut down the chances of being seen from far away...
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Post Sun Jan 11, 2009 4:56 pm

Moss wrote:
I know some vehicles had shrouds to hide the lamp from planes above to hide routes driven.

That's my guess.
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Post Sun Jan 11, 2009 9:46 pm

Black out lights, during the war it was common to "black out" to make things less visable during night bombing, so with cars and trucks they'd paint the headlights to limit as much of the light as possible but not yeild no light at all. The US military had a secondary light for thier black out lights so they can retian useable light during normal hours:

^smaller lower unit is the black out light, upper unit is a siren
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Post Sun Jan 11, 2009 10:02 pm

sweetness...that brings my car one step closer to a military-grade vehicle biglaugh.gif
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