Wrist Compass

Compasses during World War II came in various forms and sizes, from the standard marching compass to ones hidden behind buttons. This wrist compass was used by U.S. airborne forces, like those depicted in the classic Band of Brothers television series. To make it glow in the dark the compass has been painted with radium paint, which means it has to be carefully handled and packaged in the museum’s Accoutrements’ storeroom.