Examination of German signal equipment used in the Sicilian campaign, has
indicated that the Germans are again throwing into their holding operations older
type sets of the Infantry Division T/BA. Many of these sets were so-called
commercial designs and were listed in the Telefunken and Lorenz catalogs of 1938.
Another notable trend in types has been observed and that is the apparent
abandonment by the Germans of the use of heavy, bulky, two-men pack sets. They
are now using one-man pack sets, particularly in the forward echelon to talk from
company to company and to the rear, utilizing the so-called
type Feld fu Type b and c, operating
between 110 and 130 mcs. Our nearest sets in technical use are
the SCR-194, SCR-195, and SCR-300.
A recent examination of a German Wurzburg gun-laying type transmitter
has indicated that the Germans are not finishing off the sets, either because of
lack of time or because of effective bombing of factories. For example, the
particular transmitter inspected (S62) showed the rough machine tool and grinding
tool marks; there was also no attempt made to paint the equipment, which would be
considered unpardonable under previous productions.
Captured red synthetic field wire indicates that the Germans have abandoned
the use of braids and rubber coverings formerly used. This particular field wire,
which has insulation similar to the General Electric Flamenol, has eight steel
conductors and one large copper conductor which makes it difficult to handle; it
is comparable to our W-110-B. The hidden reason for the German's use of this
wire is to relieve industrial "bottle-neck" by reducing the footage rejected caused
by "kinking" of the field wire in processing.
The characteristic red color was ideal from the standpoint of camouflage
in the red desert areas of North Africa. It is also valuable to follow through
the dust storms and smoke occurring during action.