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WWII German Wehrmacht Feldhellschreiber Code Machine
  • WWII German Wehrmacht Feldhellschreiber Code Machine
  • WWII German Wehrmacht Feldhellschreiber Code Machine
  • WWII German Wehrmacht Feldhellschreiber Code Machine
  • WWII German Wehrmacht Feldhellschreiber Code Machine
  • WWII German Wehrmacht Feldhellschreiber Code Machine
  • WWII German Wehrmacht Feldhellschreiber Code Machine

WWII German Wehrmacht Feldhellschreiber Code Machine

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£980.00


Product Description

A very rare example of a WWII German Army Feldhellschreiber (Field Hell Writer), which was an analogue telegraphy system for transmitting and receiving text-based messages via standard telephone lines or short wave (SW) radio channels.

It is the Army variant of the Hellschreiber (Hell Writer), invented in 1929 by Rudolf Hell in Kiel (Germany), and was used heavily by the German Army during WWII, often in conjunction with the Enigma Coding machine. The Siemens designator was T.typ.58 and within the Wehrmacht it was known as T Bs/24a-32.1. This example has a plaque on the generator unit with: G M-EU Nr 4879/40 – 12/180 V 4,5/0,025 A – mech.5 W 3600 U/min.

The steel housing box contains the Motor Generator and the mechanical parts for the writing (keyboard and coder) and printing messages (scanner and teleprinter), but is missing the short wave radio unit that fits in the top right. The unit would have still worked but only for receiving and transmitting via the telephone line. The Feldhellschreiber is painted dark grey, which was normal in the early part of the war. Later in the war they were more likely to be painted sand colour. The transport case is missing its front cover. There is a card stuck to the back of the set, with mostly illegible writing except for ROYAL SIGNALS. This was probably picked up by their troops to study the workings. Very rare item.

Size: 37 x 44 x 23 cm (14 ½ x 17 ¼ x 9 inches)
Weight: 17.05kg

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