The World War II Communication Headquarters area at the Armed Forces History Museum displays several pieces of military equipment used for communication during the WWII era. A Royal typewriter from late 1930s or early 1940s sits on a portable WWII desk. The soldier in the headquarters is communicating with troops on a WWII Switchboard w/Telegraph Key. A vintage teletype machine is also on display. This machine provided the majority of communication between the US military headquarters and military officers.
Audio, similar to what would have been transmitted during the war, accompanies this diorama. The area also displays several posters that were popular during the WWII era.
A Brief Look at WWII Communication Headquarters
The need for proficient and reliable radio communications peaked quickly during the World War II era. With the new tactical developments from all aspects of the service (air, infantry, artillery, etc.), portable radios became a necessary standard issue for every level of the service. Even tanks were equipped with at least one portable radio and some were known to have had as many as three. With the introduction of high-powered telegraph communications, transmission was now possible up to 100 mile radius.
With US troops spread throughout the various theaters of WWII, it also became necessary to establish long-range overseas communication. Throughout the war, various means of improved communication and electronic devices would emerge greatly assisting all areas of the military. Continual advancements in communications remained a priority throughout the war, not only for the United States, but for all the major forces involved in World War II.