This month’s question

Can you help?

Do you know what this is, and what it did? If you do, please tell us.

In our exploration of the historical sites around Peenemünde we often encounter relics that are a mystery to us. If you recognise the item and can tell us anything positive (no guesses please, we have lots of those already!) it will be a big help and you can be sure we will credit your contribution to the solution. So, here’s this month’s Peenemünde mystery.

So can you help solve a small Peenemünde mystery? This month’s oddity is a part with a distinctive helical or screws shape. It looks like something designed to screw into an aperture or pipe with a coarse deep thread.  That’s about as much as we can tell you other than that it is of heavy construction and has a couple of numbers stamped on it – see pictures, and for more detail go to Galleries/Peenemünde/Enigmas.   We are fairly confident this item dates from the WWII era from its structure and where it was found, but it’s far from impossible that it may be related to military activities in the DDR era.

Last month’s question

Our thanks for the two responses we got to our question posted in February, one suggested that it might be a hanging pipe restraint – used to support some of the weight of a hose or pipe festooned between two points. This idea is OK as far as it goes, but it doesn’t account for why the cast holder is so aggressively profiled with teeth and has a fastening system designed to put a lot of force on whatever was being held. And yet the cast hook on the holder looks quite weak and not designed to hold too much weight. So we still don’t have a solution for this one yet.  If you know anything, please use the comments box below or get in touch via our e-mail address on the contact page on our main menu.

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  1. I think it’s a fixing tool where a smaller tube should be centered in a larger outer tube (like a coax)
    The tool is only used during construction and cannot be included in the “ordinary” parts
    The screws are used to adjust the friction and fit to the outer tube

  2. Perhaps a periscope guide in a bunker where the periscope rectangular tube fits in the main throughway and the mirror elevation controls tube fits in the smaller throughway of the guide. One could bring the periscope up by rotating it out of the bunker periscope port. Perhaps to film or view launches from close up.

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