H019081 F33 FIELD TELEPHONE. (Feldfernsprecher 33)

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. The Feldfernsprecher 33, (Field Telephone 33), was the standard issue field telephone used by the German military during WWII. The induction magneto F33 field telephone was powered by a 1.5 volt dry cell battery and could be used as a wire communication set and a remote communication set in conjunction with the Tornister Funkgerät d2, and the Tornister Funkgerät b1 and F, (Portable Radio sets models d2, b1 and F).

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: The roughly, 22cm tall, 28cm wide, 9cm thick, molded, mottled brown bakelite construction telephone housing case has a fold back top lid with a screwed on, magnetic sheet metal, horizontal bar hinge to the reverse and a screwed on, magnetic sheet metal, panel with an inset pressure closure clip to the obverse. The top edge of the case has two small panels rivetted in place with a white cardboard writing panel to the left and a white bakelite panel with black printed phonetic and pronunciation code to the right. The lower obverse body of the case has a small, rivetted on, tear drop shaped, swivel, magnetic sheet metal dust cover which protects two input jack plugs for use with an additional field phone or a central switchboard. Both the lower obverse and reverse body of the case have a small, screwed on, vertically oval, magnetic sheet metal grill with six small vertical cut-out slashes to enhance the audible ringing of the telephone. One end of the case has an additional small, rivetted on, tear drop shaped, swivel, magnetic sheet metal dust cover which protects the induction magneto crank handle connection. Each end of the case also has a raised, magnetic sheet metal, opened bottom, attachment socket for the carrying strap. The interior of the top lid has the printed circuit schematic diagrams and a central, magnetic sheet metal, pressure leaf spring panel to secure the telephone handset in place. The interior bottom of the case has a bakelite and magnetic sheet metal construction battery compartment with dual brass screw connection terminals, a recessed compartment for the handset wiring, four input jacks for the handset wiring with the corresponding bakelite plug, two metal alloy screw connection terminals, a small recess for the induction magneto crank handle and a recess for the handsets mouthpiece. The alloy and bakelite crank handle is included. Date for 1944. Shows the expected period use and wear but overall nice condition.

GRADE ****                             PRICE $209.00 (Or Best Offer)

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