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Original German Field Phones Requires D Batteries Bakelite Case Set of Two Phones
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Original German field phones from WWII to the 1960s era, found in bunkers in Germany. Phones are completely encased in protective boxes for storage and transport, and uses "D" batteries, not included. Complete set of two phones that will communicate up to one mile away across wires, not included. Used Grade II Condition.
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Total number of Reviews: 35
"Arrived in great shape. These appear not to have been issued. All the parts were there including english instructions. Real close to the WWII phones. They work really well."
"these things are great. i ran half a mile of single pair 12c from one deer stand to another. me and my brother culd hear each other as if we were right next to each other. works great were cell phones dont have service."
"These field telephones are great, they work well, i bought them for my 14 year old son and he loves them."
"I bought a set of these a few months back and they work great. I have just recently ordered four more sets for some friends of mine and one for me."
– Mark in SC
"Glad you guys had better luck then me. Just rceived my phones and neither one works. Called customer service and they informed me the phones aren't tested before they send them out. All you have to do is hold down the white button under the handset and crank the phone. If the phone rings, it's good, if it doesn't, the generator is shot. If you're really feeling brave just put 2 fingers on the connectors and crank. If you feel 100 volts, the phone is good. These phones could be tested in 10 seconds, which is a lot faster and cheaper than paying someone to pack and ship them. Would cut down a lot on customer frustration and dissattisfaction too."
"These are completely different from the WW2 style. They are good for setting up remote comm in the field but not for collections, displays, or reenacting."
"I have purchased two different sets of field phones, Swiss and these, from Germany. I prefer the German phones, they are the easiest to use and perform well.One of the handsets on the phones I ordered was missing an earphone...I found one in an old household phone and, Voila, everything works fine.CheaperTD was notified of this problem and sent me a postage paid label to send the phones back to them for a replacement set, but as mentioned above, I resolved the issue myself.I would definitely recommend this item to all."
"I bought ten of these for our country retreat. My group and I have considerable experience with field phones from our service days. CTD shipped them out fast, I was very happy with that. Of the ten, half obviously spent their life in nice bunkers, because they were very clean. The other half look like they spent their life in mobility units, were scuffed up, a little rust here and there, but otherwise sound.Of the ten, two had issues. On one the ringers doesn't work. On another it receives voice but does not transmit (not a headset problem, it's in the phone itself). I called CTD and got a human immediately (that's pretty cool these days) and arranged shipping the two back via RMA for exchange.I agree with a previous reviewer ... they could get a high school kid to test these and weed out the bad ones. Would save them RMA shipment and handling money on their end. But as a consumer, I think their service is great and these surplus phones aren't in any worse condition than I would have expected."
– Old Soldier
"Ordered six, all were in great condition and worked well, only thing I wish they would have come with the carry strap."
"After reading the previous reviews I thought I would take a chance on these. I need a good form of communications from my home to my shop on my large property. Well, you will not be disappointed with this purchase. These are excellent. A little used but you can't beat the price or the quality."
"I ordered 2, one worked and one didn't. Called customer service and had to send both back. Received two different ones same deal one worked and one didn't. If you want a working pair order four, and send the crappy ones back. I gave up on the whole thing. It just seemed like too much work."
"I was worried from the reviews that I might end up with a dud, but both work perfectly. Dated 1958 and the other 1983"
"I anxiously waited for my F33 Feldfernsprecher (Field Telephone) set...wasn't sure what to expect after reading the other reviews, and some Internet info I was able to find. But my phones are in very good condition with no cracks or breaks anywhere. Also very clean and without rust or battery corrosion. The units are exactly as pictured in this site description, which was surprising as these units were made in many variations. My phones are dated August 1960 and November 1961. Both included the patch cables, cranks, \"D\" cell battery boxes, and an interesting cable with attachments on both ends that will plug into each other. Not sure what this cable is for but it's two ends match the battery box pin holes, and the bottom of the battery box receptical in the phone box itself. Don't know why you would want to...but there it is. There is a cradle for the headset that folds out on either side of the phone box's latch. The cradle is maked \"OB\" and is pretty well hidden. With batteries installed, the phones on their spring loaded cradles (which does the same thing as pushing the white button) and one of the patch cables connecting the two phones, I was able to ring both phones \"OK\" from the other and talk to myself putting one headset up to each ear. Not the best test but best I could do at the moment. All seems well and I am very happy with this unit. Got CTD's usual quick delivery too."
"4 bullets considering.. After reading other reviews about non-working phones I ordered 2 sets to make sure I got 2 phones that work. 3 are nice one is rusty and needs a new handset cord. (microphone does not work) The ones that work however are super cool. Came shoulder strap, new battery compartments (except for rusted one), German instructions, cables for external battery (maybe a hand crank generator find me one CTD!)and plugging them together for conference call?. I might wire the field phone handset up to the headphone jack on my cell phone, put the cell phone inside the case and walk around the shopping mall talking on it."
– Atomic Schnoz
"Both of mine are in excellent shape. One worked with new batteries and the other didn't, I could hear from the first but not talk. It didn't make the click sound when I hit the key. When I looked at the battery connections I saw some corrosion on the posts and sockets. After a quick cleaning it worked great. One of them is missing the red patch cord. All of the other electrical connections are very clean with no signs of corrosion."
"Bought two of these Original German Field Phones . Was very impressed with the product. Both worked. Very pleased, so I bought two more for spare parts... would recommend anyone to purchase these Original German Field Phones. Well worth the money... Uses are endless..... Fun or Field."
"I was skeptical about these phones from what others were saying. However, after putting new batteries in them, connecting speaker wire between and trying them -- WHAM! They worked. Mine are around 1958-1961 vintage. No problem. Will work great between house and garage."
"I was nervous after reading the other reviews. Mine work well! I love them! There are some minor wear and tear issues but they don't affect functionality. PLUS, I bought them to use in the event of a disaster that affect power for more than a few days. They are from 1962 and 1965 and I fully expected minor issues. The cord cover is cloth and a couple of holes appeared due to mold. A little tape and the issue is resolved. I have to say that the Germans REALLY knew how to make stuff to last. Buy some commo wre on ebay and your disaster security OP 1 is ready to be manned with an active secure line back to HQ. Enjoy!"
"Well, I was nervous too, and I guess I was right to be nervous. What I received was two phones but they were physically broken, would not work despite the troubleshooting, were missing components, and are literally nothing more than boat anchors. I hate to say that; this is my first bad experience here."
"I ordered a set of two and one of the phones was missing the handset, battery compartment insert and knob and crank handle. I talked to support, got a return label and sent the one defective unit back. They send me a new pair, so I could pick the better of the two units. (kudos to CTD for doing that).The quality of the individual parts was good, all the original instructions were included(in german of course). the Bakelite box is in great condition, there is little to no corrosion on any of the terminals, plugs or connectors.For being +60 years old, it looks great. I tested two units with a 25 feet long 12 gauge speaker wire. Call quality was surprising. Loud and crisp with almost no line noise. I used two pair of brand new d-cell batteries for the test. Make sure you have the wires connected in order to do the ringer test, otherwise it won't work. Push the white button to test the unit you are turning the handle on. Also make sure the other units handset it \"hung up\". Otherwise it will be hard to turn the crank to make it ring. It will be obvious.If you want to run a simple phone to your barn or detached garage while having a piece of history around, it looks cool and is practical. It will be a conversation piece in the time of cell phones and texting. You might be able to teach your kids some basics of wired communication."
"I ordered this set a bit reluctantly due to the mixed reviews. However, the set came quickly and in nice shape. One unit is dated 1983 and the other 1988. Both were complete with cables, handsets, cranks, etc. Dropped a couple of D batteries in each, hooked up a couple of alligator clip cables, and they worked just fine with a minor hiccup. One of the mouth pieces (microphone) is dated 1971 and is not as clear/loud as the other. I swapped mouth pieces and the unit worked great, so I was able to determine it is the mouth piece. Works OK but just not as clear and loud as the other. I am trying to find a replacement mouth piece. But I must say these things are just fun. The ringers are loud (adjustable somewhat), clean, bakelite is in good shape and one has painted numbers. A just plain nice set. I will buy another set, if they become available, for the parts like others have done here. Recommended without a doubt. Great for garages, downstairs, shops, etc."
"Just got my two field phones. Put in fresh D cells, hooked them up with scrap wire, and they fired right up. Condition is like new. Was expecting worse. Still trying to figure out what the white button is for. First tried the batteries in parallel and did not work, then switched to series and what a difference. Very pleased."
"I spent more time unpacking/packing the phones than I did using them. Took 10 minutes to figure out 1 phone was perfect, and the other looked like it had been used for parts. The battery comparment was stripped of the metal contacts, and the switch was non-existent (near the terminals). Needless to say an RMA was provided, but I would have much rather had the phones, as now a I have a very disappointed 13 year old that had great plans for a tree fort. Such is the roll of the dice I suppose. Can't say I was not warned by the reviews. Seems a few others had this issue (though most seemed to have gotten working units)."
"These phones arrived in good, used condition as expected. One worked, the other didn't, but with simply pushing buttons to \"work\" the thing again, it came to life with two D cell batteries and some speaker wire. I would recommend this to a friend. It will be great from the house to the barn or garage. CTD comes through again!"
– Chuck Michigan
"I have gotten several sets of these phones.The condition every time was very good. They all worked fine."
"Ordered 2 sets one didn't work took apart found the bimetall contacts slipped out of place easy fix. All four work great."
"bought as collectable . arrived very quick via ups . one was dated 1988 and one was dated 1961 . both in very good condition . ordered on a friday and was shipped the same day recieved on monday very quick . if you collect mil surplus i would definetly recomend these . great conversation piece ."
"Like others I was skeptical. One headset worked great and the other one wouldn't transmit. I took it apart and found a screw had backed completely out and was blocking the switch from fully engaging. I put the screw back in and now both of them work great. Mine are dated 62 and 63 I was very happy to get to from the same decade."
"I bought two of them and was surprised at how good they look (almost new).I don't plan to use them and got them as collectables.Very happy with my purchase, happy, happy, happy"
"The newer model has louder and clearer sound but they both work as advertised. My neighbors and friends were very impressed."
"Got as a collectable, they look in very very good condition. The ones I got where Post WWII, only thing I would have liked is to have gotten the instructions or papers that come with them. Have seen that on other sites, but I guess its just the luck of the draw on that.Still very Happy with purchase."
"Both phones work well for their age. The one made in the 60's is a little better than the one made in the 70's. The only thing I don't care for is the loudness of the bells. Even on the \"loud\" setting, the bells are not very loud. You may miss a call in a loud enviroment or if you are far from the phone when it rings. I know it's not my ears as I can hear things most other people cannot hear. So keep the volume down on a near-by TV or radio."
"These phones work great! Fun to have. My 13 year old son said they are great for the zombie apocalypse. Either way, fantastic buy!"
"Wanted to have something for the kids to play with. Of the pair I received, only 1 was in working order but after an hour I was able to tear apart and locate the bad internal connections, (1 in the hand set and 1 in the contacts was not engaging when hanging it up, alignment issue) thought this fix would be faster than shipping it back and paying more for one that may or may not work. Low rating is because 1 of the phones was defective on arrival and the box arrived beat up with holes in it. The other was tip top and included all the original paperwork."
– Mr Fixit
"Every thing works good. Slight adjustment. Just placed one in garage and one in house. Pretty cool intercom system :0)"