Original German WWII Luftwaffe Portable Luftwaffen-Koffer K62 Radio by Nora Radio, Berlin
Original Item: Only One Available. The NSDAPs recognized early on that radio would be a very effective propaganda tool as the spoken word was more influential than the written. When AH came to power, Germany's national radio broadcasting system was quickly taken over by the Ministry for Public Enlightenment and Propaganda. A special department, the Chamber of Radio, was created, and it pushed manufacturers into producing an inexpensive radio that the average person could afford. This way the Ministry could reach more people. The Wehrmacht (Armed Forces) also recognized the influence of the radio, so commercial radios were provided for some units.
This is a nice example of one of these early radios, which are very rare. This example is a Luftwaffen-Koffer K62 model, made by NORA RADIO of Berlin, as marked on the data plate inside. This also gives a serial number of 40536 along with the voltage information. These were functionally identical to the Siemens model K32 GWB barracks radio, with long and short wave capabilities. We do not know exactly when it was manufactured, but one of the labels inside has a 42 date on it. All previous examples we have had were by Siemens, and it looks like the NORA made examples are quite a bit more rare.
It appears to be complete, with internals and both metal and glass vacuum tubes, which still show a silver "getter flash" on the top, indicating that the vacuum is still good. There are also instructions on internal reverse side door. It has a Super-Heterodyne IF-Frequency of 468khz, 6 AM tuned circuits, moving coil dynamic speaker, and ability to be powered by battery or wall outlet.
The radio measures 12 1/8" tall x 17 3/4" wide x 7 1/4" deep. It still retains the original deep grey/blue Luftwaffe paints over multi-panel hardwood construction, with mortised corner joints, and molded black Bakelite and metal fittings. It does look like it was serviced at arsenal during the war, and had the back panel repainted. The rest is really in great condition with just a few minor scuffs, and cracking / checking due to age. The doors function: press the release button and two spring-loaded doors open, revealing the control panel. The knobs still turn, and the tuning indicator moves, something we often do not see. The lower right knob is unfortunately missing.
The cabinet has 3 crisp white Luftwaffe eagles with swass, which are quite crisp. It does look like it was serviced at arsenal during the war, and had the back panel repainted. The rest is really in great condition with just a few minor scuffs, and cracking / checking due to age. The fabric covering the speaker is perfect (often torn or stained) and the rear panel opens with little effort to examine the interior. Original power cord is still present with a two prong plug installed. The internal circuit shelf is somewhat loose, which allows the internals to shift somewhat. Please examine the pictures for further details.
This is a very good condition highly collectible model for both radio and military collectors. Ready to display!
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