Wwii Us Army Military Spam Can Handie / Walkie Talkie Portable Radio Scr 536 For Sale
item appears to be a WWII era SCR 536 "Spam Can".The back of this radio is faintly marked in red with the number "5". The inside is marked "USE ONLY BA-37 'A' BATTERY / USE ONLY BA-38 'B' BATTERY / IN THIS RADIO. (BA-1, BA-4, BA-30 OR / FLASHLIGHT CELLS WILL EITHER BURN / OUT OR NOT OPERATE / THE SET)." There is another plate that is marked "PLACE / BATTERIES / IN POSITION / WITH + (POS.) / END OUT." Another plate is also marked "REECIVER AND / TRANSMITTER / CHASSIS / BC-611-". There is a plate which the frequency, channel, and battery date can be written. There is some discoloration to both the plate and the cover for it from exposure to light.
They are considered the first modern hand held, self-contained two way radios. They allowed for short distance communication between soldiers on the front lines. They were carried by many soldiers during the D-day invasion. This would be a great piece for any World War II collector.
Dimensions: This item measures
about 12 3/8 by 3 1/4 by 3 1/8 inches.
items included are shown in the pictures.
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Wwii Us Army Military Spam Can Handie / Walkie Talkie Portable Radio Scr 536: $171