Original U.S. WWII Army Field Telephone Model EE-8 in Leather Case - Set of 2

Item Description

Original Item: In the past we had large quantities of these phones purchased as surplus, and we now have acquired this pair from a private collection. These are outfitted in the early issue leather carriers, which were phased out before the end of WWII, as the canvas proved to be more resilient. Each bears U.S. Army Signal Corps markings stamped into the leather. The phones appear to be complete, but the case and phones are worn from years of use and storage. Both have complete shoulder straps, but one is missing the top flap front snap. Neither have been tested for functionality but both appear to be complete. These are sold in as in condition. Ready to display.

The EE-8 phone was the standard field telephone during the Second World War and the Korean conflict, and was used extensively in the War in Vietnam. These phones have been very hard to find on the collector market. You merely have to provide two D-cell batteries and connecting wire. Each phone is contained in its own canvas custom satchel with integral winder on the side. Takes 2 (present day) D-Cell Batteries. Can be hooked up to your own home phone system to take regular incoming calls. Unfortunately, you cannot dial out. Buy two phones and set them up between rooms (point-to-point) winding the generator on one phone rings the bell in the other (we connected them with present day stereo speaker wire).

Remember Robert Micham or John Wayne in a hole shouting over the shellfire into one of these units and when finished they never "hung it up" they just stuffed the handset back into the carrier? Well, now we know why!

A fabulous reminder of U.S. WW2 battle history recently released from European Military Stores after 50+ years of storage. Comes complete with original English language markings with satchel Carrier and Shoulder Strap.


The EE-8 has the versatility to be installed in a variety of configurations. The most common configuration is point-to-point, in which one EE-8 phone is connected directly to a second EE-8 phone.


Operation consists of two steps, alerting the recipient that a call is coming and then making voice contact. Use the following procedure to call the second handset.

1. Normally, the handset will be resting on the Lever Switch, a black Bakelite bar hinged at one end. See Figure 4. The line is disconnected when the handset is resting on the Lever Switch. Lift the handset from the Lever Switch.

Note: We believe these phones to be functional, however we have no way of testing them to see if they work.

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