Original German WWII 1944-dated Feldfernsprecher 33 Field Telephone by Heliowatt - Named USGI Bring-back
Original Item: Only One Available. The feldfernsprecher 33 (FF33) was the standard field telephone of the German military forces of WWII. It is a general purpose field telephone designed for wired communications. It was introduced in 1933 as a modern replacement for the previous WWI legacy field telephones the last of the series being the feldfern-sprecher 26 (1926). The FF33 can also be connected to the Torn. Fu. D2 and Torn. Fu. Bl, and F series radio sets to act as a remote handset.
Ingeniously designed with what appears to be one traditional wartime style handset, the lid interior of one has built in electrical circuit schematics for informational purposes. Used by the German Army throughout WW2 and continued in service for another 25 years into the Cold War era.
See the book "Deutche Soldaten" by Agustin Saiz, pages 170/171, for more information on the Feldfernsprecher 33 phones.
This example is offered in very good condition with complete brown/red bakelite case, handset, crank handle, cord, data plate, and is 1944 Dated. This is one of several FF33 telephones brought back by a USGI, who inscribed his information on the top of the case:
R L G
O4 - 639 - 013
This appears to be the soldiers Army Serial Number, however the records of these are incomplete, and we have not been able to identify who "RLG" is, making this an excellent research opportunity.
The inner steel housing is maker marked and dated as follows:
27559 ded 1944 E
As this is a later war telephone, the maker name is indicated by German three-letter code "ded", for Heliowatt-werke Elektrizitäts-A.G., at their plant located in Schweidnitz/Schlesien, which is today part of Poland. The handset itself is dated 1940, and has a Waffenamt proof near the hanging loop. The coiled cord is not typical, and may be a post war replacement, however it was definitely replaced some time ago.
We have not tested this for functionality but it appears to be complete and in working order. Offered in very good collectible, these have become increasingly difficult to find over the past decade, especially in this nice condition with USGI bring back information. Ready to add to your collection and display!
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