By Gordon L Rottman; Peter Dennis; Martin Windrow
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Ee-8 telephones can be seen on both ends of the table, and a message number stamp sits atop the M2 message center clock in front of the counter clerk. see Plate G. qxd:Layout 1 In the 1940s radio direction finding was still a developing and very specialized art. Here us army signalmen train on an sCr-206 radio direction finder – a heavy, awkward, and crude device. 2/3/10 10:06 Page 50 poorly. Transmitting from within dense forest and jungle, especially when the other radio is in the same terrain, greatly reduces range and makes for erratic contact.
The whole assembly weighed between 24lb and 33lb depending upon the accessories carried. 1MC; three alternative channels were available for voice or Morse code, with usual voice ranges of 2–4 miles but at least 10 miles using CW. It was crystal-controlled for reliable tuning, was waterproofed, and some ground/air use was also possible. A convenient innovation was a set of throat microphones. 5lb complete with battery and accessories. It too was carried on the front of the body in a web cradle; the Mk I had its “battle battery” in the case, but the Mk II and II* carried this in the separate web satchel, again with the aerial sections in a tubular web case.
Officers and NCOs carried on conversations between units by radio and telephone, but this was not a concern of the message center. Staff sections and subordinate unit headquarters normally kept journals recording important conversations and events. The message center operated a switchboard through which all incoming and outgoing telephone traffic was passed. All written messages and documents sent and received by the unit via messenger passed through the message center, and incoming and outgoing messages were decoded and encoded there if necessary.
World War II battlefield communications by Gordon L Rottman; Peter Dennis; Martin Windrow