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Communications Technology
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Communications Technology

The purpose of communications technology is to convey information over distance.

The Russo-Japanese War of 1904/1905 was to foreshadow developments during the First World War in communications technology, as in many other areas. In his conduct of the Battle of Mukden, the Japanese Marshal Oyama acquired the reputation of being the first modern commander in his use of communications technology as he directed his units from 20 km behind the front line with the aid of telephone lines installed across the entire battlefield, up to the most forward positions.

German field telephone, 1914. Ger…
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Kaufmann, Stefan, “Communications Technology”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 26 March 2023 <>
First published online: 2015

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