I was trying to see if I could identify what they are wearing in the photo. The headphones for the WS19 have a microphone permanently attached, which would hang at roughly stomach level. I don't see it on either of the men wearing the scrum, unless they have tucked it into their respirator haversacks. Judging by the LMS railway logo on the train, they must be in the UK, so the pic would predate 1942 anyway, as 6th Armoured Div were in North Africa by '42.
I expect most of the pictures taken of soldiers using the HCRAC would have been from 39-41/42. So maybe they were'nt using the 19 set earphones so they are probably the No 11 set. Were the 11 set earphones different from the No19 set earphones? I've been looking out for a set of earphones to go in my scrum & thouhgt I'd have to dismantle a set, because as from the pictures it looks like the earphones are just 2 earphones with cables linking them & no head harness.
Here's some other pics.
I have some of these. I will do some photos for you so you know exactly what you're looking for. These do show up on ebay sometimes - shouldn't be too hard to find a set, although the long cord version is not so common.
I think a pair of the correct phones would be the perfect finishing touch to your helmet collection
Ok, this is what you need for a AFV crewman in a tank equipped with either a Wireless Set No 11 or a Wireless Set No 9 (which was another early war AFV radio, using the same vehicle wiring harness as the No 11):
They are attached to a standard No 9 Plug, which would be the type used in the AFV. I have shown them without any form of headband, although phones of this type are usually be found with either a metal or canvas headband, like this:
These are also CLRs with the more usual shorter cord, to show the early metal headband.
This set are actually DLR No 1 phones, but sport the same type of canvas headband usually fitted to CLRs. I really need a polystyrene head to show this properly.
Last edited by Battery Command Post; 11-21-2011 at 04:38 AM.
This man is defintely wearing the early type headset for the WS19. You can tell by the way the cord attaches to the earphone, not to mention that he has the mike stuck into his jacket...
The purple velvet pieces are actually padded covers (they're not all this kind of Goth purple colour, i have a set of black phones as well), which i would imagine you would have to remove to fit into the scrum headpiece (along with the metal headband of course). You can see from the profile it's the same item as your man has. The proper name for this headphone set is "Microphone and Receiver Headgear Assembly No 1".
Last edited by Battery Command Post; 11-21-2011 at 03:20 AM.
That's brilliant, thanks for the indepth description of the head sets. Most if not all the pictures I've seen of the headsets being used in the scrum is the Microphone & receiver headgear ass' No 1.
That's the one I'll be looking out for now.
Thanks to Rob for pointing me in the right direction regarding the earphones, finally got a pair.
That looks excellent Aaron.