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posted 6/22/2016 10:22:14 AM  Reply w/Quote
Hello, this is not your usual question but I was curious if troops listened to the radio while on the front lines?

For example, did Armed Forces Radio play music and entertainment while the 12th moved inward?

Or did you hear the latest news via BBC Radio?

I was just curious how much radios were used back then.

It seems like when you think of WWII in terms of icons, you never picture a group of GIs listening to the radio whereas you can picture people back at the homefront listening attentively.

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posted 6/22/2016 4:10:42 PM    Click here to view the profile for harry dhans  Click here to email harry dhans  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Axis Sally was listened to also. she knew names and troop movements.
Tokyo Rose did the same for Japan.

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posted 7/1/2016 4:17:51 PM  Reply w/Quote
That's an interesting question. i would like to read an answer from someone who was there. Just to surmise, I can't imagine frontline troops having a radio capable of broadcasting news and entertainment. The radios they had, only reached a few miles. Battalion had radios that could broadcast 50 or 60 miles. But these were for communications, not entertainment. Perhaps the rear echelon units at divisional and army headquarters had that type of radio entertainment.


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the troops picked up many radios as they went on their duties. radio liberation! BUT MARCHING THEY WERE TOO HEAVY TO ADD TO THEIR BURDENS