Monday, May 02, 2011

American Expeditionary Radio

This post comes to you courtesy of Brian Carusella, a researcher specializing in Foxhole radio. While researching the the 5th Army Mobile Station he acquired the above poster advertising the American Expeditionary Radio Station from WWII. He was kind enough to scan and share this rare piece of radio ephemera.

Admittedly I am not a specialist in WWI I military radio (still doing my reading) but I can tell from this scan that it was posted originally in Italy. Also interesting that the city of Livorno is rendered in English as "Leghorn" while the rest is unaltered. The 5th army area is probably Salerno. According to this site, the Fifth Army was composed of  active Army, National Guard and Army Reserve soldiers. They were the first American army to initiate combat on the European mainland in World War II. They landed  at Salerno, Italy on September 9th, 1943. Fifth Army was inactivated (in the scope of WWII) in October 1945. So this poster proabbly dates to between 1943 and 1945. While broadcasting continued to the present day, the presence of the 5th did not.  More here.