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WWII Tank Crew Goggles - Widely Issued?

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Hi all,

In helping my mom sort through my father's toolbench, I came across the following item:


In doing a little basic research on them online I found the following:

POLAROID NO.1021 ALL PURPOSE GOGGLE KIT, WWII ISSUE: This set of goggles is complete with all the different color lenses and the original soft roll type case. These were used from flight crews to the Tank Corps for drivers.

Except, my dad was in Field Artillery. Were these common amongst all US Army troops? I am not sure why he had them. The kit, by the way, is in fine shape and is complete, with all lenses intact, which I gather is not that common. Any advice on how to keep them in good shape? If you need a photo of the goggles and lenses themselves, just let me know.



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The goggles may have been issued to drivers and crews of fast-moving armored vehicles such as tank destroyers and self-propelled artillery pieces. It's possible that your father was in a self-propelled artillery unit, either as the driver or a crew member routinely exposed to bright lighting such as the anti-aircraft gunner.

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