Original German WWII Luftwaffe Siemens Portable Model K32 GWB Radio
Original Item: Only One Available. The Nazis recognized early on that radio would be a very effective propaganda tool as the spoken word was more influential than the written. When Hitler 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 is a Siemens model K32 GWB barracks radio, with long and short wave capabilities. It was manufactured for the Luftwaffe in 1941. It appears to be complete, with all tubes inside, plus instructions. 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.
It 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.
The cabinet is in very good condition with only a few minor scuffs. The doors function: press the release button and two spring-loaded doors open, revealing the control panel. The cabinet has 3 crisp white Luftwaffe eagles with swastikas. However, one swastika has been obscured which was common with USGI bring back trophies. The fabric covering the speaker is perfect (often torn or stained) and the rear panel opens with little effort to reveal what appears to be a complete interior. Original power cord is still present but we have not tested it for fear of damage. However, we see no visible reason that prevents this radio from functioning.
This is a very good condition highly collectible model for both radio and military collectors.
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