In small quantities Leicas and Rolleiflexes were stated to be used, bought off the shelves or 2nd hand. Though not modified and though not the standard cameras these two, as the two above, were put into type-related, designated camera kits.
Also private owned cameras were used by photographers when they considered them superior to the standard one. (Zeiss Super Ikonta B above the standard Speed Graphic)
The US Govt. bought some Leicas during WWII through intermediaries in Switzerland and South America. They were shipped through Vichy France and the Iberian peninsula to South, then North America. Leitz Canada is a post war creation. E Leitz New York is a wartime creation. Kodak Ektar lenses can be dated by the first two letter in the serial number. EC is 1941 EA 42, EM 43, EE 44, ER 45.
if you are interested in an argus a, let me know !
Thanks for the offer. I did get a circa 1941 Argus C3 in pristine condition. So, I will pretend I'm Tony Vaccaro, although I don't plan to go "Into Germany". I'm also in the process of acquiring a French manufactured Lumiere 6X9 folder circa 1937. Both cameras were family heirlooms, so that makes them even more special to me.