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Article about: I found this item on a market in Ypres. i bought it for 5 euros. Was this item used in the trenches, ww1 era? Thanks in advance.

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    I found this item on a market in Ypres. i bought it for 5 euros. Was this item used in the trenches, ww1 era?

    Thanks in advance.
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    Its very possible Ingrid, it looks the period for a communications telephone wire, as to its nationality im not sure, are there any markings in the wood

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    Ingrid....its not German, their telephone wire was kept and distributed on a round carrier that was clipped to the front of a special "Telegraphers" belt buckle and supported around the wearers neck by a cord, the wire was then laid as the he ran along in the trenches !.....I am guessing Allied, French or given the sector, British.
    Prost ! Steve.
    Last edited by oradour; 03-19-2011 at 01:49 PM.
    "The German Army is the perfectly adapted, perfectly running Machine. The difference is that the Germans are organised with a view to War...with the cold, hard, practical and business-like purpose of winning victories."
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    I'm sure someone will be able to tell you what Period your Wire comes from. one Photo of Telephone wire's in Good use--WW2) Have photos of these same wires covered with Ice and Snow should think they would need replacing Regularly
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    Thanks for the comments guys.
    I can't find any markings. I bought it together with this jerrycan.
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    Hi Ingrid, just to the right of the word VALOR there is a number, from the picture it looks like a 3 ?, if there are two numbers like 39, this will the year of manufacture or it could be 3 then a space and then two numbers, which would be 3=month/March and then the two numbers which will the year.
    Regards Gary

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    Thanks Gary, you are right.
    I haven't even seen these numbers. It says '3' space '44'.

    Regards

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    Hi Ingrid
    that will be March 1944 then.
    Regards
    Gary

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    Thanks again, you are very helpful.

    Regards

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    Not German so must be Allied. Germans had something similar on a smaller scale called a Kabelbrettchen. They were aluminum or steel and much smaller - just for short lengths of grounding cable. This one looks like a cable dispenser that could be inserted into a log or ground and then act as a dispenser. NH

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