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SHOWCASE 12

German Field Telephones of WW I

  • Armeefernsprecher alter Art (2) - Army Field Telephone, old model of 1905 with phonetic signaling. Cylindrical telephone body made of aluminum and covered with black leather. Long push-to-talk key going along the telephone body. Earpiece with thick felt cushion.

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During WW I the German Imperial Army used two principally different lines of field telephones for its infantry units. A fairly heavy Feldfernsprecher or "Field Telephones" were in use by signalers in the 2nd and 3rd line positions or at headquarters while each infantry regiment in the front line was equipped by several more lightweight Armeefernsprechgerät or "Army Field Telephones". 

On top of push-to-talk key, "Armeefernsprechgerät alter Art" had two round shaped keys, one at each side of the telephone body. White key on the right side was Calling Button (Summerknopf) while black key on the left side allowed to increase temporarily, the strength of incoming signals. 

We have another sample of Armeefernsprechgerät alter Art together with its external earpiece and old type of battery box (Armeesprechbatterie alter Art) in our Showcase No. 7L.

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