H011468 FIELD/PORTABLE RADIO REMOTE CONTROL UNIT. (Fernsteuerung für Feldfunksprechgerät)

BACKGROUND: Accurate intelligence and secure lines of communication are crucial elements to all armies in the field and during WWII each division in the German Army had an integral Signals unit. The Signals unit were usually of Battalion strength and generally consisted of a Headquarters Company, a Radio Company and a Telephone Company. The Signals personnel utilized a wide variety of radio receivers, field telephones and associated communications equipment in all theatres of operation. Two of the most common communication sets were the, Feld Fu., Feldfunksprechgerät "b" and "c", (Field Radio, {models} b and c), which both came equipped with numerous accessories including a remote control unit enabling the radio sets to be utilized from a distance. These two short range, field radios had effective distance use of roughly one mile, (1.6093 kilometers), with the "b" model utilizing transmitting and receiving frequencies of roughly, 100-119 mc, (megacycles per second), while the "c" model had transmitting and receiving frequencies of roughly, 120-138 mc. This remote control unit was designed for use with the Feld Fu. b and Feld Fu. c, (Field Radio, {models} b and c). Of Note: Photographic examples of this type of radio remote control unit can be seen in J. R. Angolia and A. Schlicht’s book, "Uniforms & Traditions of the German Army 1933-1945", Volume 3, on the bottom of page 220 and C. J. Barger’s book, "Communications Equipment of the German Army 1933-1945", on page 29.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Roughly 7cm x 4cm x 3cm molded, black bakelite construction remote control unit with magnetic sheet metal and blackened leather fittings The unit features two turn-able dials to the top edge with a screwed on, protective sheet metal bracket with impressed red script "Feind hört mit", (The enemy is listening). The unit has impressed white script positioned at the base of each of the turn-able dials and on the forward edge with "Lautstärke", (Volume), to one and, "Empf. Nachstimmung", (Receiver Fine Tuning), to the other. The reverse of the unit has a screwed on, inset panel to access the interior as require and embossed script, "Bedienungsteil b", (Control Unit b). One edge of the unit has a riveted on, narrow, extended, blackened leather tab with a single, cut-out button eyelet designed to affix to a uniform button. 

GRADE ****1/4                             PRICE $390.00

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