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German Telephone Wire Reel

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    Hi all. Making a rare venture onto the German side of the forum to ask about this piece that I acquired the other day. Just got it as I liked it, but I was wondering as to how common these are. I have seen some on the internet but usually attached to the back pack. I am unsure as to whether the cable is original. Any comments would be much appreciated. Cheers.
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    The real looks good but cable is probably post war. Czechoslovak army used them after the war.
    Looking for following WWII German items:
    - anything dealing with Allenstein (Olsztyn) and Wehrkreis I in East Prussia,
    - entrenching tool carrier (straight and folding),
    - forestry and hunting items,

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    This is a bona-fide TR German cable reel. They were used post war by many entities and were still in use by organizations like firefighters very recently. Photo shows a pair of backpack reels in use (they could be reeled out from front or back), a Firefighter using one in West Germany and several cable types. I can't tell if the cable on yuor reel is WWII era but probably not. They are not rare. The smaller reels (17.5 cm) are much harder to locate. NH

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    Thanks for the replies. I had no idea they were used until so recently. Just picked it up as I have not seen one before

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    Can you take a photo of the end of the cable? It may match the G cable in the photo. NH

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    there was a few of these laying about at the Calais battery site,now buried under the chunnel spoil.

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    Quote by harryamb2 View Post
    there was a few of these laying about at the Calais battery site,now buried under the chunnel spoil.
    Off you go then H. Don't forget to post us a card to say how you're getting on......


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    We shall stick it out to the end, but we are getting weaker of course, and the end cannot be far.
    It seems a pity, but I do not think I can write more. R. SCOTT.
    Last Entry - For God's sake look after our people.'

    In memory of Capt. Robert Falcon Scott, Edward Wilson, Henry Bowers, Lawrence Oates and Edgar Evans. South Pole Expedition, 30th March 1912.

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    By all means - excavate! Neil

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    Oddly enough, my German grandmother worked in Mannheim's "Kabelwerk" producing the communications wire, lol...She survived several bombing raids, but her foreman was killed...
    cheers, Glenn

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    Doe anyone knows if there are stamps of markings on the spool itself? I've found one today in Norway and I am wandering if I could detect any german markings on it

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