Handie-Talkie, BC-721-B, Waco Glider, 1942


Nice genuine WWII US Army BC-721-B radio receiver and transmitter, a.k.a. 'Handie-Talkie'. Complete with its plate, antenna and carrying strap, the present handie-talkie retains most of its original paint. Manufactured by Galvin Mfg. Corporation and dated 1942.

Designed as a single-handed radio, this type, which was based on the BC-611 developed for the infantry, was intended for taking place aboard Waco gliders, offered a short-range voice communication capability (1.2 mile) to small units -- company, squad, etc. Working with preset channels, it was powered by BA-37 and BA-38 dry batteries. Pulling out the telescopic antenna would turn the radio on.

Excellent overall condition; never reissued to the French Army, as commonly seen with this type.


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