(Louis Meulstee’s web site)
The WftW Compendium series is a new addition to the Wireless for the Warrior range, currently comprising 7 books. The new series is principally intended as practical guide and reference source to vintage military signal communication equipment. The books are particularly valuable to anyone with an interest, professionally or otherwise, in this subject, requiring an elementary but complete quick reference and recognition handbook. Containing condensed data summaries, liberally illustrated with photos and drawings, explanatory captions and short description of the main ancillaries, its pocket size format and laminated soft cover makes it an ideal reference and reliable companion for events such as auctions and radio rallies, or just for browsing at leisure.
Photographs on this site.
A large proportion of photos on this site were taken by myself, in most cases from borrowed equipment. Taken in the late 1990s, the resolution and quality of the majority of photos on this site is rather low. I intend to redo these photos, time permitting. Any updates will be announced on the ‘What’s New’ page.
Full permission was obtained of the use of the other photos on this site. However, from a number of photos the source was not traceable; I am therefore grateful to receive information on any possible copyrights material which was not
previously acknowledged and pleased to add the name or organisation of the original owner of these photos.
It is to my opinion not practicable to bar copying or to spoil a photo with an ugly watermark, let alone explicitly forbid the use elsewhere of my photos. As a rule I have no objection to the use of my photos, but I would very much appreciate if at least the source is mentioned (for example: ‘photo by www.wftw.nl’) or to contact me. In most cases I can provide photos of a higher resolution.
About this Site.
Greetings from Ottersum in the Netherlands, and welcome to the home page of Louis Meulstee, PA0PCR, the author and editor of the WIRELESS FOR THE WARRIOR (commonly referred to as WftW) range of books devoted to the technical history and development of British Army wireless (radio..) communication. On this web site you will find basic technical descriptions and photographs and drawings of radio sets once used in the British Army. In addition there are posted various other topics for example line telegraph equipment (the Fullerphone), Air-Sea rescue sets (‘Gibson Girl’), H.A.C. Short-Wave Products kits, a gallery with mainly British WW2 radios, and more. The background colour of the pages on this site is not taken
at random but matches the colour of British Army radio equipment in the early World War 2 period.
Recent changes to the site.
The WftW web site was first launched in 1998 with the HTML resources of that period, build and maintained with the now obsolete and discontinued ‘HomeSite-5’ HTML editor, which
eventually became quite difficult to run in
Windows 7. Because the WftW site had grown considerably over the years, the maintenance and adding new content became a tedious and time-taking matter. Being a user of the Serif PagePlus X6 desk top publishing program, I decided to move to Serif WebPlus X6 as this companion program would provide much flexibility in maintaining a website and setup of new pages.
I retained as much as possible the original site’s general layout and simplicity of navigating through the pages, avoiding gadgets and irritating pop-ups. A number of the illustrations, produced with a first generation digital camera and scanner from the mid 1990s were changed by newly taken photos or enhanced with the aid of the invaluable Adobe Photoshop software. In order to reduce the number of pages, and avoiding duplication in the information, the ‘sets’ and ‘sets image directories’ have been combined, including the Russian sets previously posted in the Gallery.
The WftW Books.
The Wireless for the Warrior range of books (comprising the Volume and Compendium series) are intended as source of reference to the history and development of radio communication equipment used by the British Army from the very early days of wireless up to the 1960s. Line equipment and military radio communication equipment from other countries is also covered in the recently published Compendiums.
The books in the WftW Volume series are very detailed and include circuit diagrams, technical specifications and alignment data in addition to technical development history, complete station lists and vehicle fitting instructions. Generally no operational histories are given as these have been published extensively in numerous other books.
A new medium term project on British Army mine detectors along with a selection of similar instruments used in other countries.
‘Mine Detectors An overview ..’ is a new project and a work in progress showing the currently known types and versions of mine detectors developed and used by the British Army spanning the period from 1939 until the late 1950s. Included will be development models and experimental types which were eventually abandoned, and a selection of similar instruments developed in other countries notably Germany, USA and Russia. The emphasis will be laid on the technical history, difference in operation, circuit diagrams and technical details.
Although I already had gathered quite a lot of information on this topic over the years, there are still a number of gaps, not confirmed or unreliable information, and lack of some specific primary data.
This is an appeal for help in the form of scanned documents and in some cases better quality photographs, drawings and circuit diagrams.
I have already done a thorough search on the Internet where some good reliable information was gathered, but also was noted many repeating (partly) incorrect, and misleading facts. I was fortunate to have access to the relevant publications available from ‘The Wireless-Set-No19 Group Royal Signals’ www.royalsignals.org.uk
Update Februari 2015:
Progress is slow, but the amount of incoming information is growing steadily, particularly in development models and detectors developed in other countries.
Currently I have requirements for the following items:
- Circuit diagrams of Detector Mine No. 3A (Polish), No. 4, No. 5A and No. 6.
- More information and circuit diagram of 1939 Russian IMVETA detector and the DIM 186 wide sweep detector. Good quality scans of circuit diagrams -if possible complete manuals- of Russian VIM 210, VIM 203, VIM 625, VIM 625 B2 and VIM 695 heterodyne mine detectors. Almost anything I required on Russian detectors was supplied by Valeriy, RA3CC, director of the Walt Gromov Radio Museum (previously RKK Radio Museum). I am still looking for a circuit diagram of the IMVETA detector and any additional information and photos.
- Confirmation on local development, production and technical details including a circuit diagram of the ‘Magnetic Detector’ Mk.I to Mk.IV by Middle East Forces in 1940 and 1941, probably in Palestine, before the introduction of the Mine Detector No. 2 (Polish).
- EMER’s (workshop manuals) with the following numbers:
B 320-324 Detector, Mine, No. 2 (Polish) Old series
B 330-337 Detector, Mine, No. 3 (Polish) Old series
B 350-354 Detector, Mine, Nos. 5 and 5A Old series
B 360-364 Detector, Mine, No. 6A Old series
B 370-374 Detector, Mine, No. X7 Old series
B 380-382 Locator, Mine, No. 1
- Operator Instruction Cards for the Detector Mine No. 3A (Polish), No. 4C and No. 6. See an example HERE.
- Handbook of Mine Detectors, Part I, II, III and V, The War Office. Published 1944/45.
Version 1.2 August 2015
An appeal for information
Mine Detectors An overview..
Work on the Mine Detectors Overview is temporary stopped, not only for awaiting further vital development information, but mainly due to WftW Vol. 4 Supplement, a new project with a higher priority.
Wireless for the Warrior Volume 4, Supplement, a free PDF follow-up with new chapters added each month. Download the already completed chapters and produce your own copy.