Portable Communication Reciever P.C.R.


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Portable Communications Receiver Type PCR was the first model in a series of general purpose lightweight communications receivers used by the British Army world-wide from mid 1944 until some time during the late 1960s.

War-time employees of Pye Ltd are quite certain that the equipment was intended as an “Invasion Receiver”, that is, a general purpose, portable communications receiver (hence the type designation PCR) , for use in Europe by the British 2nd Army after the D-Day Normandy landings, to receive military progress and information broadcasts as part of Operation Overlord, as the  various divisions moved across Europe.  The term “Broadcast” has a different meaning in the Military, compared to domestic radio communications, and this may have given rise to the popular myth that the design was originally intended for the reception of domestic broadcast signals.  Recent information from British Armed Service personnel indicates that the set was also supplied by the RAF to Resistance Groups in Norway, Holland and France.