Original German WWII Set of Two Model FF33 Field Telephones with USGI Bringback Paper - dated 1937 and 1941
Original Item: One of a Kind Set. 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 nice set consists of two examples of these phones, both in very nice condition. They come complete with the "bring back" certificate for these two phones, dated 28 Sept 45. While many soldiers simply put items in their bags undeclared, it was a bit harder with large heavy items such as field telephones. The paper identifies these as a "Telephone set (German)", and is named to what appears to be S.Sgt. A. T. Catinene. It is signed by Capt. William J Cahill, who was the approving officer.
The first phone is offered in very good condition with a brown/red bakelite case, handset, cord, crank, data plate, and is 1941 Dated. It is maker marked and dated as follows:
32915 K.u.S. 1941 E
There is also a Waffenamt inspection mark just above the markings. The maker is Kapsch und Söhne, located in Vienna, Austria. The unit is missing the left hand side hanger bracket, and the push button on the receiver is missing, showing the underlying switch. It also is missing the phonetic alphabet external plate.
The second phone is in better condition, which we would grade as excellent. It has all the components including the crank, all data plates intact, and has dates on both the handset and the unit. It also has the early war nickel plated fittings. It is maker marked and dated as follows:
12151 NTT 1937
The handset has the NTT logo on it, as well as a 1939 date. This maker marking is for Nationale Telefon- und Telegrafenwerke, in Frankfurt, Germany. They later were renamed TN, Telefonbau und Normalzeit after 1937.
We have not tested this set functionality but they appear to be complete and in working order. Offered in very good collectible condition, these have become increasingly difficult to find over the past decade. This is a great bring-back set, with lots of research potential. Ready to display!
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