Even though I was unable to get final delivery dates, because the situation was worse than anticipated, the conference in Bofors probably had a severe impact. At least the work has now been planned and spare parts ordered at Jena.
It must be brought against the factory leader at Bofors, that he did not immediately inspect the rangefinders, when he received them. On the other hand, his position is difficult. His capacity is too small. He has only 9 men, but due to the large unemployment in Sweden, the factory dare not ask for more german workers. And swedish skilled labour is nonexistent.
The 75 0.7 meter rangefinders, we have, is divided into 3 batches.
1: 53 delivered during WWI
2: 12 delivered in 1921
3: 10 delivered in 1922
The contract for repair works is connected to the first 2 batches. As there was a possibility that 2 and 3 was alike, and made from good quality materials, I asked the factory manager at Bofors, if he meant, we might only repair those from batch 1.
He was against this, as he could only vouch for the quality of batch 3.
All rangefinders of batch 2 is in useable order. If the army units can make do with only 22 rangefinders, I suggest, that we ship the remaining 13 of batch 1 to Bofors for repair. 40 has allready been shipped to Bofors.
In view of the reluctance of the factory, when it comes to ordering spare parts, it is of the outmost importance, that the rangefinders arrive at Bofors as soon as possible.
If it ends up that all the rangefinders of batch 1 has been delivered on time, the repair of the 12 in batch 2 can be postponed untill the autuum. This means that 75 working rangefinders will be available for the summer exercises.
This suggestion is accepted by the army corps.
Zeiss Jena has been contacted regarding the spare parts.
January 12, 1923.
Around here, in Denmark, this is a well known way to deal with Problems: First you express your official position, to make sure, that this is dealt with.
Secondly you involve yourself into the solution of the problem.
And last, you excuse the person responsible.
My impression is, that the leader of the Norinab factory may have suffered from some kind of depression or the like.
After all, he came from a major position, very close to the imperial german navy, and within 5 years, he had seen his country litteraly disintegrate, Der kaiser had left the country, civil war, hunger, and to top all this, he has been sent deep into a swedish forest, with 8-9 german workers and probably shill cries for efficiency.
(I note, that he is reluctant to contact Zeiss in Germany!)
Swedish Forests have many qualities, but if you are depressed, and from a city in central Europa, they can look like the end of the world. Especially, when it rains.
I get a picture of an elderly man, who is alone, and doing a job, he cannot cope with anymore.