September 1942 Radio-Craft
Wax nostalgic about and learn from the history of early electronics.
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Biographical historians spend
endless hours searching old media for bits of information on their subjects. Finding
useful material on more renowned personalities is not a problem, but filtering out
relevant bits for a particular theme can be daunting. On the other hand, finding
useful information on lesser known people can be frustrating because there is so
little information readily available. Great Britain's World War II era superstar
Winston Churchill undoubtedly falls into the former category. While scanning through
my many vintage electronics and science magazines for interesting fodder to post
on RF Cafe, I'm always on the lookout for cameo appearances like this one of Prime
Minister Churchill talking on a walkie-talkie (aka 'handie−talkie'
at the time) in this 1942 edition of Radio-Craft. It shows him participating
in a parachuting exercise at the U.S. Army's
Fort Jackson training
base, in South Carolina, United States of America. Ft. Jackson has been around since
Churchill at U.S. Maneuvers
Prime Minister Winston Churchill holds a "walkie-talkie" portable two-way radio
to his ear and listens to orders coming from jump commanders of paratroops who may
be seen in the sky during maneuvers at Fort Jackson. This demonstration of America's
war training was one of many witnessed by Churchill.
Posted June 6, 2020
(updated from original post on 11/26/2014)