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Author:  Shifty [ Tue Nov 15, 2016 0:33 am ]
Post subject:  Research- British Line Infantry Battalion Radios

Hi all,

I'm researching an action on Jun 7th 1944 which, initially involved almost a whole Battalions worth of British Infantry, including 2/3 Artillery Forward Observers Officer teams. This would have been roughly 12-16 radio sets of different types and yet the information we have shows that only 1 (2 at the very best) our of a minimum of 12 were the only ones able to work.

Would anyone with a little radio knowledge be able to point me in the right direction resarch wise? Also not familiar with the sets themselves so anyone with any sets would be willing to talk me through them that would be awesome!. I am based in the Midlands (Kenilworth) and can travel and happy to meet up with people if easier.

Any help at all would be massively appreciated!

Thanks!

Shifty

Author:  Dog_Rodger [ Sat Nov 19, 2016 19:37 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Research- British Line Infantry Battalion Radios

The main sets used by British Infantry Battalions would be:

WS38, one man portable, for Inter-Platoon level communication (Only a basic range of about 1 mile tops)

WS18, one man portable, for Battalion Level Comms (Range of around 10 miles at best on Continuous Wave ((Morse Code)) )
Copy of Original Working instructions can be found here:
http://www.vmarsmanuals.co.uk/archive/6 ... ctions.pdf


WS19 for Battalion HQ Comms. usually vehicle mounted and the largest of the sets used.
Range varies based on the aerial set used, but usually around 25-30 miles.

Some pictures of the sets here:
http://www.royalsignals.org.uk/photos/

My feeling is that the sets used by FOO teams would be WS18s
All sets are fairly reliable but may be upset by flat batteries or blown valves.

I hope this helps you with your research and if you'd like to know more, give me a shout.

All the best,
Matt

Author:  welshbayonetww2 [ Sat Nov 19, 2016 21:01 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Research- British Line Infantry Battalion Radios

[hi,

forward observers would use a WS17 set, or more likely would have land lines to a handset in the dugout.

quote="Shifty"]Hi all,

I'm researching an action on Jun 7th 1944 which, initially involved almost a whole Battalions worth of British Infantry, including 2/3 Artillery Forward Observers Officer teams. This would have been roughly 12-16 radio sets of different types and yet the information we have shows that only 1 (2 at the very best) our of a minimum of 12 were the only ones able to work.

Would anyone with a little radio knowledge be able to point me in the right direction resarch wise? Also not familiar with the sets themselves so anyone with any sets would be willing to talk me through them that would be awesome!. I am based in the Midlands (Kenilworth) and can travel and happy to meet up with people if easier.

Any help at all would be massively appreciated!

Thanks!

Shifty[/quote]

Author:  LookDuckandVanish [ Sun Nov 20, 2016 16:37 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Research- British Line Infantry Battalion Radios

You may find these 2 are helpful sites:-

The Vintage & Military Amateur Radio Society - http://www.vmars.org.uk/History_Aims_Activities

the Defence Electronics History Society (DEHS) - http://www.dehs.org.uk/

Author:  Shifty [ Mon Nov 21, 2016 11:59 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Research- British Line Infantry Battalion Radios

Awesome thank you guys!

Will take a closer look at these this evening. Matt I may well be in touch

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