Wireless training films?

Discussion in 'Wireless' started by TheBOBs, Aug 29, 2017.

  1. TheBOBs

    TheBOBs Member

    Are there any surviving training films, that talk about the proper use of radios. Are there any radio chatter recording of Army transmissions during the Normandy campaign? Are there known BBC recording for July 1944?

  2. BC610E

    BC610E Junior Member

    Hi Chris,

    Most of the films on military radio that I have seen on YouTube, etc are mostly American and are often specific to particular radio systems, I've also seen training films on Morse Code, also American.

    As regards recordings of radio messages, I have seen that question asked frequently by people wanting a realistic "feel" to vintage radio equipment, often in a restored vehicle, but I've never seen any positive replies. If you think of the bulky equipment needed to record something like a BBC war correspondent's report then any tactical radio recordings become even more unlikely. State of the art, more portable, American wire-recorders were scarce but they did find their way into the field, some being used on large aircraft to record UHF voice signals from agents in enemy-occupied countries.

    If you could indicate what you need the recordings for, it might narrow down the field a little. I do have a "script" from a British 1944 radio deception operation carried out as part of the D-Day landings and that uses authentic procedure and callsigns. I suppose a group of people could re-enact that operation, with some editing for your requirements. Just a thought!


  3. idler

    idler GeneralList Patron

    Rather unusually, The History of the 15/19 Hussars 1939-1945 includes an appendix that gives a flavour of wartime voice procedure. On the offchance it's of some help, here it is:
    Voice procedure 1.jpg Voice procedure 2.jpg
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  4. BC610E

    BC610E Junior Member

    Excellent stuff, idler! Certainly a lot less stilted than the "script" I have and the comments like "resigned voice" give a better flavour of the "real thing".

    Judging from the comments about "A" and "B " sets they were using Wireless Sets No 19, which have a VHF transceiver for inter-vehicle comms and a short-wave transceiver for command purposes, plus an intercom for all crew stations.

    Last edited: Sep 7, 2017
  5. TheBOBs

    TheBOBs Member

    Roger, and Idler,

    Thank you for this info! It will be used to run w38 sets 18 and 19. At a reenactment. I wanted to better understand war time radio procedures better. This way we will use proper verbal communication. I can take this and run with it a little bit.
  6. Trackfrower

    Trackfrower Member


    try VMARS website and 19set yahoo group.
    If you have a working radio, you may need a licence... RSGB


  7. TheBOBs

    TheBOBs Member

    Yup all run in the states, Vis CB tranfers
  8. Trackfrower

    Trackfrower Member

    Mind you, I did that a few years ago. REGRET IT NOW THOUGH.

  9. BC610E

    BC610E Junior Member

    As Lawrence said, you will need a licence to actually use the sets on the air and VMARS is a good place to find help in getting your gear operational. VMARS have a vintage radio net on 3615 kHz AM most breakfast times and on weekend mornings. You mention CB radios, which would work OK over the short ranges you're likely to be using. What I have seen is a hook-up from an audio source (nowadays an IPad would be great) to the speaker(s) of your radios. You could simulate radio traffic, interference, jamming etc by mixing in real signals recorded off air with your scripted speech.

    When I've exhibited working gear I usually tune into a Morse station or something like RAF Volmet, the visitors aren't too bothered with content, usually they are more interested in the age of the gear and where we got it. One good source of Morse signals that you can configure yourself is the G4FON Morse training program, which has variable speeds and can simulate chirpy signals, intereference and fading.

    Anyway, there's a small market out there for realistic radio chatter so good luck with the project. If you want the "scripts" I have I can let you have copies. They cover "Operation Accumulator" a spoof landing to the west of the D-Day beaches. You can find details on:- Operation Accumulator



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