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    Default The Bagnold sun compass

    This precision deductive reckoning device was developed in the 1920s by Maj Ralph Bagnold for navigation in the desert. In WWII he formed and was the first commanding officer of the Long Range Desert Group.

    A quick video about using the sun compass for practice or emergency navigation. I had to simplify the subject matter a bit but I think there is enough information here to learn how to use and make a sun compass of your own, even if it might be a little crude.



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    Very interesting. Thanks for posting.
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    Revival of the Viking Shadow Board.

    I understand that late in the desert war the SAS/LRDG came up with a sun compass that had a built in timer and eliminated the need for the navigator to reset the dial every 30 minutes. The compass rose replaced the hour hand of the time piece.
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    Cool vid. As you can see I moved it out of the instructional vid section, which is for member produced vids.
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    I wondered about that.
    The video was made by me, FYI but I guess if people find it useful or interesting it doesn't matter where they can see it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kyratshooter View Post
    Revival of the Viking Shadow Board.

    I understand that late in the desert war the SAS/LRDG came up with a sun compass that had a built in timer and eliminated the need for the navigator to reset the dial every 30 minutes. The compass rose replaced the hour hand of the time piece.
    I've heard that as well but I've never seen the device. It would be a good innovation if they actually did it.

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    Pretty cool....and it did remind me of the "sun stone" of the Viking......
    Ragnar was using one to find England in the early seasons of the show "Vikings."

    Some more about it
    http://www.princevaliant.org/vikingNav.html
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    Oops. My apologies. I moved it back to where it belongs.
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