Baukarren

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Rotwang M
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Baukarren

Post by Rotwang M » 06 Mar 2022 20:19

During WW2, German signals troops (Nachrichtentruppen) pulled field telephone line construction carts (Baukarren) to build field telephone lines in captured territories. These carts contained spools of telephone wire, a wire dispensing backpack, poles, and all the tools needed to put up the wire. They were pulled by hand, but could be hitched to a truck or wagon for long distance transport. The carts were made to completely disassemble without tools for ease of storage.

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Wartime carts are very rare and extremely expensive. They are almost impossible to find outside of the EU.

Fortunately, after the war, the Bundeswehr continued to use similar carts into the 1990s. The postwar carts had pneumatic rubber tires, a bent drawbar, different means to attached the wheels, and a different mount for the backpack. Slight differences not noticeable to most people. Most importantly, these postwar carts are occasionally sold by militaria dealers at a very reasonable price. So, they are ideal for reenacting.

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Re: Baukarren

Post by SIS 5 » 03 Apr 2022 11:16

Hi Rotwang M,

thank You very much for Your replies and posts. Excellent! Your book on WW2 German Field Telephone Equipment must be great!
One question: is the designation "field telephone line construction cart" (Baukarren) correct? This cart has another designation on Holger´s site (www.kfzderwehrmacht.de): "Nachrichtengerätkarren" - "signals equipment cart".

Regards

Bert

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Re: Baukarren

Post by Rotwang M » 04 Apr 2022 13:50

SIS 5 wrote:
03 Apr 2022 11:16
Hi Rotwang M,

thank You very much for Your replies and posts. Excellent! Your book on WW2 German Field Telephone Equipment must be great!
One question: is the designation "field telephone line construction cart" (Baukarren) correct? This cart has another designation on Holger´s site (www.kfzderwehrmacht.de): "Nachrichtengerätkarren" - "signals equipment cart".

Regards

Bert
Thank you. I've heard the carts called all sorts of different names. Literally translated, Baukarren means construction cart. Construction of what? German terms can often be somewhat ambiguous. Literally, Nachrichtentruppe means news troop. Oddly, it also means signals troop.

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