Military Communications & Electronics

The modern military is heavily dependent on electronics and computers. Although the telegraph and telephone had already revolutionized military communications, World War II started an explosion of applications of electronics to military needs. From crude crank telephones and heavyweight radios in the 1940s to today's Internet-enabled battlefield, the use of electronic devices has become embedded in warfare.

SCR 188 operator at Station NYU Dobodura, New Guinea 1943
SCR 188 operator at Station NYU Dobodura, New Guinea 1943. Click photo for larger image.

Today in WW II: 28 Jul 1941 Oil agreement between Japan and Dutch East Indies suspended, part of a general order freezing all Japanese assets, pushing Japan toward war.  More 
28 Jul 1941 Soviet Union agreement with London-based Polish Government-in-exile invalidates the border negotiated with Germany and enlists Poles detained in the USSR for Allied armies.
28 Jul 1942 6000 Jews brought to pits by German SS and shot dead in Minsk, Belarus, a total of 30,000 slaughtered over four days of the Great Pogrom [28-31 Jul].
28 Jul 1944 Rapid Red Army advance through Poland overruns German defenses and captures Brest-Litovsk, Jaroslaw and Przemysl.
28 Jul 1945 B-25 Mitchell bomber, lost in fog, crashes into 79th floor of the Empire State Building in Manhattan, causing 14 deaths and extensive damage.
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Military Communications and Electronics

Specific military electronic and communications equipment are featured on these Olive-Drab.com pages:

Internet Resources for Military Radio, Communications and Electronics

The electronic equipment built for the U.S. military are very popular with reenactors and collectors due to their rugged characteristics and tie to military history. There are many websites and forums devoted to military electronics in general or specific models of radios, phones, test equipment, etc., some of the best collected on the linked page.

Find More Information on the Internet

There are many fine websites that have additional information on this topic, too many to list here and too many to keep up with as they come and go. Use this Google web search form to get an up to date report of what's out there.

For good results, try entering this: military electronics OR radio. Then click the Search button.

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