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Thread: WW2 German Troop Entertainment Radios

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    Default WW2 German Troop Entertainment Radios

    It was not out of the ordinary for Countries to produce Radios specifically for Troop entertainment (as well as News and Propaganda)
    And Germany knew how important a “tool” the airwaves were ..so they had quite a selection designed and produced for their Military.
    This is the Model “WR kl.battr.” and made by Blaupunkt --- “WR” stands for Wehrmacht Radio – “Kl” for Klein (meaning small)- and “battr.” For Battery.
    I always wanted to add one of these to my collection but , they were not that easy to find and especially in great condition like this one. I always remember a Veteran telling me that , if they saw a Radio or something that was battery operated and they didn’t think they could find the oddball batteries here in the States ..none of the Soldiers would want to take it home.
    I always found this to be an interesting design because of its similarity to the DKE 38 GW Volksempfanger ( People´s radio found here - http://www.radiomuseum.org/r/gemeins...pfaenge_1.html .I know it uses different Tubes but ,I bet this was based on the Civilian Peoples Radio and just repackaged for Military use.
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    I have to give a lot of credit to the Collector who had it before me ..he turned it into a really nice display item that brings the History to life. The bottom front panel hides the 2 Battery compartments
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    ..so he took a small Cassette and ran a wire from the Headphone jack to the Speaker …then he soldered wires in the Tape deck to the Power circuit and ran them up to the Radio’s on/off switch. So with the bottom cover hiding the Tape Deck ..all you have to do is pull the Radio on switch and it starts the Tape Deck !

    All the original parts are intact ..he didn’t modify anything internally. The 2 sets of extra wires you see are the orig wires/connectors for the Batteries.
    And the result can be seen here -- (CLICK THE PLAY BUTTON and turn up your Volume)
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    I had no idea about this "option" when I bid on it so , you can imagine how happy I was once I figured it out --talk about an added bonus !
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    Here are some of the specs -
    Country: Germany
    Manufacturer/Brand: Blaupunkt (Ideal)

    Ideal-Radiotelephon- und App-fabr. || Ideal-Werke AG; Berlin (ab 1934)
    Rotstern
    Year: 1943 Type: Radio - or past WW2 tuner
    5: DF11 DCH11 DF11 DAF11 DL11
    Super-Heterodyne (Super in general); 2 AF stage(s)
    6 AM circuit(s)
    Broadcast (MW) and Long Wave.
    Batteries (storage and/or dry) / 90 & 1,2 or 2 or 2,4 or 4,8 or 6 or 12 Volt
    Magnetic loudspeaker (reed) of high quality (free mooving - only possible past 1931). / Ø 18 cm = 7.1 inch
    0.17 W
    Model: Wehrmacht - Rundfunkempfänger WR kl.battr.
    Wooden case
    Portable, e.g. Portable Radio (with or without mains > 8 inch).
    330 x 480 x 190 mm / 13 x 18.9 x 7.5 inch
    Trupenbetreuungsempfänger mit DKE-Lautsprecher (Wehrmacht). Bereiche: LW, 2× MW.
    Kann betrieben werden mit Anodenbatterie oder mit Wandler WR39/40B aus 6-V-Akku.
    ACHTUNG: Nicht verwechslen mit WR39 - einem Spannungwandler von Gleich- auf Wechselspannung.
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    Info found here- http://www.radiomuseum.org/r/blaupun...unkempfae.html
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    Very nice Mike !! Someday I hpe to go back to NY and maybe get to see your stuff in Person. Love it, BB

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    Mike,

    That's a nice radio and I like the Video! It's nice that it was modified just enough so you could play WW2 era music through it!

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    This is just plain COOL.

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    That is an outstanding addition to any collection. Nice score. You can also play news reports and political speaches on it. "der Oberkomando der Wehrmacht macht bekannt".
    Willi

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    Mike, that radio is just great.
    Neca eos omnes. Deus suos agnoscet.

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    I have 3 different radios and have seen a 4th. but I've never seen that variety of portable radio.
    Wonder what was on the outside before it was repainted?
    Here are 2 of mine.
    Sarge
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    Hi Sarge ...This was never repainted and was never a civilian model- it was made for the Army. The full Model name is --"Wehrmacht - Rundfunkempfänger WR kl.battr. " But I can understand your confusion because very few Collectors over here have ever seen this model since it only worked with Batteries (batteries that we didn't have here in the US) so , few were ever brought home. But if you do a Google search ..you can clearly see that it is WW2 German Army issue.

    Here's another example - http://www.rkk-museum.ru/vitr_all/443_e.shtml
    And another - http://www.wehrmacht-awards.com/foru...d.php?t=629172
    another - http://www.warrelics.eu/forum/field-...an-radio-9308/
    and here - http://magento.p147097.mittwaldserve...p-zustand.html
    here -- http://www.dm2ebi.de/wrkl.htm

    and it looks like this Gent listed his on Ebay for 1,195.00 EUR buy it now http://de.picclick.com/WW2-WEHRMACHT...436075957.html
    "If you have ten thousand regulations you destroy all respect for the law. "
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