Danish 1915 Torch | Elektrisk Feltlygte (Håndlygte) M/1915
The Håndlygte M/1915 was introduced (on trial) in 1914 with the 5th Dragoon regiment, and taken into service with the rest of the Danish army in 1915.
It was distributed to all officers and junior officers within the army. It is a very simplistic design, that uses a 4,5 volt dry battery and an Osram 0,14 amp 4,3 v. incandescent bulb.
In order to use the torch, you have to push down on the lever.
It had three positions: Off, On and a signal position.
Middle: Signal position
In order to signal with the lamp you had to push down on the lever in the middle position.
Osram is a German bulb manufacturing company, that still exist today. Founded in 1906, they now employ thousands of employees around the globe. The Danish army called this type of bulb, a Metalstrådslampe.
The battery was a rectangular / square shaped cardboard box with two brass pals on the front. They were made by the battery company Hellesens, and were know as a "Hellesens type 714".
The German army took a lot of these torches during World War II. The torches were used together with Danish small arms and vehicles on the eastern front and in the Balkans.