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Re: Classic Six Button KeySets - Additional Lines in Europe

Charles Cryderman (
Wed, 17 Aug 2005 15:58:20 -0400

Professor Gary told us:

> Just a historical note, we still had the switch in the I.G. Farben
> Building in Frankfurt that had been installed in 1937-39. The original
> switch was 400 lines of RP-40. By the time I was there it had grown to
> about 3,000 lines -- but still RP-40.

Professor, when I left Frankfurt (worked at the Technical Control
Center behind the I. G. Farben building, January 1979-June 1982) that
same switch was still in use there. It was very temperamental but the
biggest problem we ever had was those damn "war" circuits. The
ring-down lines for 5th Corp out to all of the lower command
HQs. Mr. Harold, the line tester, would log them out of service every
morning when the only problem was getting someone just to be there to
answer the dang thing.

By the way, did you know Mr. Harold? The joke we had there was he, Mr.
Harold, was doing the same thing for the US Army that he did when he
worked for the Nazis.

Can't wait to get back to Frankfurt to look around and visit some of
the old hang outs with the wife.

Chip Cryderman

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