Communication from WWII to Present Wars
Communication on the battlefield is essential to victory. Without proper communication troops, supplies, and other necessities would not be readily available when needed. From soldiers on the front line calling for reinforcement or Predator drones being controlled by an operator thousands of miles away. Communications have changed the way we live and the way we kill.
In World War II the Royal Corps of Signals (founded in 1920) duty was to operate and repair all army communications equipment. The radio transmitters of WWII served their intended purpose well, of a low frequency a low frequency transmitter and receiver, but the biggest problem was the weight factor of the battery pack needed to power these devices. So to offset the weight problem engineers went to lighter shorter lasting battery which in turn generated an entirely different problem. There were many different radio styles during WWII. Common were the WS 18 backpack transceiver. It needs to people to operate. One person to carry and one to operate from frequencies ranging from 6-9 MHZ. the WS 19 was for tanks and other armored personnel vehicles.
The Vietnam War saw several advances in technology and also different troubles as the US and others had to deal with the thick jungles of Vietnam. The US Military is Vietnam had established a high frequency radio circuit that provided communications from Saigon to San Miguel in the Philippines, to Fort Buckner large Army logistics base in Okinawa-and to Bang Pla near Bangkok in Thailand. It was called the Pacific Scatter System. In September of 1962 the US began building 60 foot antennas set in concrete and resembling that also aided in long range communication. During the Gulf of Tonkin exposed unreliability of radio circuits. An experimental communication satellite was rushed to Vietnam to help with the undertaking. The Communication satellite SYNCOM, was the first use of a satellite in a combat...
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