USMC Communications Equipment
Concerning Marine radios -- At the battalion level, up through Saipan, we had no hand held radios. The TBY, a one man back pack, battery operated unit was used at the company level. It was fairly efficient, but usually confined to line of sight operation. Going into Saipan there were 6 TBY's in service. At the battalion headquarters level we had one TBX powered by a generater. It usually was carried by 4 men and consisted of antennea, generater, transmitter, and reciever. Efficient, but the antennea had a tendency to be seen from a distance, and getting 4 men together after the Tarawa landing proved to be impossible. We had a TCS radio in our communication jeep, and it was great, but it didn't get ashore on Tarawa, and got ashore too soon on Saipan.
H&S 2 communicators at the Command Post on Red Beach 2.
Closeup of the communicators.
A TBX is setup in the background. Below is a closeup.
An EE-8 telephone and a radio are in operation.
Any information about the photos would be appreciated.
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Created 22 October 2000 - Updated 1 December 2001