Some aspects of military line communication as deployed by the
German armed forces, prior to 1945.
1999 paper (pdf)
A retrospective concerning
military communications is, in some respect, of significance to those people who
are interested in wartime history. Most people seem to think that wireless
communication was the main and perhaps even the only way to communicate over
distance. This idea prevailed despite the fact that everybody is acquainted with
the application of the telephone in every day life! Its importance for military
operations is still rather underestimated and it is regrettable that the
importance of line linked communications is still a neglected theme by
The aim of this paper is to enhance the understanding of some of its aspects, to explain how the Germans used this medium and, to explain some of its technical and historical facets.
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© Arthur O. Bauer
Diemen, 26 December 2004