One of the tactical revolutions introduced by the Second World War was the use of wireless communications on the battlefield. The Great War had seen the use of field telephones, but the wires were easily cut by artillery fire. The Second World War saw a huge leap forward in radio equipment, with higher powered and smaller sets being developed and issued in increasing numbers. At the start of the war British tanks often only had one radio set per troop and the range was limited, by 1945 radios were universally used in armour, were much smaller and had greater range. Tonight we look at one of the most common forms of handled microphones used by the British Army:
The Microphone No 3 is a Bakelite shell, with a wire protruding from the bottom that connects to the main wireless set. On the opposite end is a circular mouth piece and on the side a button to depress to talk:
I think my example is probably post war as the cable is has a plasticised cover rather than the cloth wrapping more usually seen. Unfortunately the connector for plugging the microphone into the radio on the end of the wire is missing. Sadly, having seen the prices, a matching WW2 radio set is probably out of my budget for quite some time to come!