Telephones of WW I
22) - Japanese field telephone
with magneto signaling supplied to Russian army during
WW I. Made by Nippon Electric Co., Tokyo, Japan.
WHD = 305 х 205 х 150 mm, weight (less battery)
be continued after the picture set...
of us know that there was a war between Russia and Japan in
1904-1905, and that Russia was defeated in that war. The fact that
in WW I Russia and Japan have been allies, not enemies, is not so
here is an evidence of military supplies from Japan to Russian army.
The top line on the field telephone label says that the supplier was
"Okura & Co." located in Tokyo, Japan. The second
label below appears to be of military depot of Polish army. Looks
like this field telephone was in use by Russian troops in Polish
territory and was left behind when Russia declared in March, 1918,
it steps out of WW I.
note that all the letters on the top panel of this field telephone
are Russian, not English. In particular, Russian letter
"L" which looks quite different from English
"L". Unfortunately the schematic diagram of our telephone
attached to the top cover has no letter designations at all.
similar field telephone of Japanese make belonging to Domenico
Cramarossa of Italy while having same label of "Okura &
Co." and Russian letters on its top panel, also has its
schematic diagram in Russian language!