|During WWII the US Army used the models TL-122A through TL-122D right angle flashlight. During WWII only 176,526 were made (all 4 models together), so needless to say demand always outstripped supply.
TL-122A was authorised before WWII and had a fully metal body. It was fased out because of the high metal usage in manufacture.
TL-122B was the first model made of plastic. It was OD in color and introduced in september 1943. There were 4 manufacturers making this model: USA Lite, Bright Star, GITS Molding Co. and Micro Lite. It was noted for its awful smell due to the early generation plastic used and the waxy coating that developed on the surface.
TL-122C was introduced in april 1944 and was moisture-proofed and was made of a new formula plastic that eliminated the smell and waxy surface.
TL-122D came with a set of filters that were carried in a container that was attached at the bottom of the body. The filters were held in place before the lens by means of a filter adapter ring. This model was introduced in the summer of 1944.
|Reproduction of the TL-122A.|