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    Re: Comments on the units
    From: Doug Royer
    Date: 2006 Apr 7, 12:44 -0700

    Alex wrote:
    And the compass ("bussole" in Soviet artillery,
    but compass in the Soviet Navy)
    was divided into 60 parts, correct?
    Do US and British Armies use degrees?
    On Fri, 7 Apr 2006, jean-philippe planas wrote:
    > The French artillery (and infantry)
    > uses division called "thousandth" (milli?me") as well. "One Thousandth"
    > is the angle of an object one meter high seen from a 1000m (1 km
    > distance) with the same conclusions as Alex.
    >   JPP
    In the US military (land forces at least) a recruit is trained for land nav
    using compasses/optics that are graduated in degrees and mils.
    In the US equipment there are 6400 mils to 360 degrees. And on long range
    optics (rifle scopes, arty optics etc) there are markings on the horizontal
    and vertical stadia for range finding. These markings (round dots) are 1 mil
    in diam. Because 1 mil subtends a certain area at certain ranges these
    optics give good results in range finding.
    I had a Russian (Soviet actually) compass a few years ago. It, as you
    stated, was marked in 6,000 units instead of the 6,400 units I was used to
    using. It was confusing as I always had to think about the difference when
    using it instead of just using the equipment. I got rid of the Soviet
    compass. Not because of inferior quality of the compass but I am comfortable
    using 6400 mils to a circle.

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