Field Telephones of WW I
FF-16 Type B
(Feldfernsprecher 16) - German field
telephone, model 1916. Phonetic and magneto signaling. Wooden cabinet
with internal compartment for batteries. Handset of a
special shape characteristic to 1916 models only.
Manufactured by Siemens & Halske.
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1916 field telephones FF-16 (Feldfernsprecher 16), have replaced the "Eiserner Feldfernsprecher" of 1915.
At first, FF-16 Type A telephones arrived which have been based on "Feldfernsprecher
alter Art" design. But this model proved to be too expensive and was soon
replaced by FF-16 Type B.
in fairly large quantities, the FF-16 Type B field telephones are the most
frequently found specimen of German WW I field telephones these days.
= 340 х 200 х 155 mm, weight (less battery) 7.9 kg.
1916 models, staff field telephones of German army became self-contained with
batteries installed in a special compartment inside the telephone cabinet.
were two different makes of 1916 handsets known. Early make
had earpiece with a rubber cushion while late make had
wooden earpiece. Both are on display in our museum.
appreciation to Eric Siegel for some pictures that we have copied
from his very informative site FIRST