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Old 01-28-2020, 02:46 PM
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In WWI, German communication wires were 3mm multi strand bundles, with the signal and ground wires insulated and bound into a single line. UK was still using a pair of separate 20-ga solid copper wires. The two were completely incompatible. Further, the Germans were in the habit of recovering their wire upon withdrawal for later use, and so there would be nothing left behind for the allies to use in the event they were able to retrofit their hardware to be compatible with the German stuff.