This is one of two WWII German Military Issue Lanterns in the US Navy Seabee Museum collection, sometimes referred to as “battle” lanterns. It represents Nazi Germany use of bakelite, a pre-war plastic forerunner that Americans used for household goods, buttons and jewelry. The lantern is compact - only 6” wide x 6” long x 12” high with the hook extended. It features three glass panes, a concave mirror to amplify light, an aluminum front shutter to control the amount of light, a folding bakelite handle and an aluminum D-ring hook to hang the lantern. Notes included with the lantern indicate that the donor personally used this lantern as he participated in the U. S. military’s march across Europe and into Germany.