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Tactical Communication in WWII

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Hi there!

 

I just asked myself how radio communication in WWII for aircraft and tanks on a tactical level was organized.

 

I read that Japanese for most of the war had such bad radio equipment they prefered to use hand signals for communications (hence close vic formation)

 

But all other major powers (soviets at least in the second half of the war) I believe had one radio per aircraft/tank.

 

So my question is who talked to whoem and had leaders in any armed forces two radios on their platform?

 

I could imagine that in USAAF and RAF, that used squadrons as largest tactical formation, it could be possible to coordinate an airial engagement with all squadron members on the same frequency (althogh this means thy'd not talk to the bombers they were escorting).

 

But the Luftwaffe used its Gruppen as tactical formations - and forty men on the same frequency seems like chaos - but if every Staffel had its own frequency how could the Gruppenkommandeur lead his Staffeln in the air?

 

And I have no idea how the VVS employed its regiments at all?

 

Same for tanks of all major powers - here even a whole company on the same frequency can lead to chaos, nevertheless a batallion....

 

Do you have any infos on how the diffrent powers organised their radio frequencies?

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