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Note :  E.R. is Emetteur-Récepteur (Transmitter-Receiver) and R. is Récepteur (Receiver).

Designation
Range (km)
Type Frequency
(m)
Weight (kg)
Transport
Function
E.R. 12
8-20
morse key
500-1000
54
Light truck
Command net of Infantry Divisions, divisional artillery, army corps heavy artillery, army heavy artillerie and AA battallions.
E.R. 13
100 to 200
700
Light truck 
(dismantled)
Command net of Armies, Army Corps and army AA battallions.
E.R. 17 type 31
4-15
morse key
100-200
54
Manpack  (4 loads)
Infantry regiment command net and divisional artillery battalions command net . Communication between infantry and artillery.
E.R. 22
5-6 (voice) 
10-12 (morse)
voice and morse key
60-120
53
Manpack (4 loads)
Communication between divisional artillery battalions and artillery observers.
E.R. 26 bis
about 100 (morse)
same as E.R. 26 ter ?
100
Armoured or 
unarmoured  vehicle
E.R. 26 ter equivalent for overseas units. Adopted in 1928.
E.R. 26 bis mle 1939
(voice) and (morse)
same as E.R. 26 ter ?
50
Armoured or 
unarmoured vehicle
Improved model of E.R. 26 bis.
E.R. 26 ter
30 (moving)
60 (station.)
voice and morse key
40-110
 150
Armoured or 
unarmoured  vehicle
Command net of DLC (Light Cavalry Divisions) and DLM (Light Mechanised Divisions). Communications between Infantry Divisions and their GRDI (Reconnaissance Battalions)
E.R. 27
50-60 (voice)
30-100 (morse)
voice and morse key
35-115
200
AMD Panhard commandement
Command net of DLC (Light Cavalry Divisions) and DLM (Light Mechanised Divisions). From late 1939.
E.R. 28
2
 
10-15
15
 
Internal network of tank companies.
E.R. 29 mle 1939
14-23
 50
 
Cavalry tank / reconnaissance battalion command nets.
E.R. 30
20 (moving)
40 (station.)
voice and morse key
40-200
50
DCR command net.
E.R. 40
1.2 max
800 m efft.
voice
5-5.5
20
Manpack (2 loads), static balloon, plane
Infantry battalion command net. Communication between artillery and spotter planes.
E.R. 40
800 m
voice
4.8-5.8
10
Manpack
Infantry platoon radio (30 sets in service in May 1940)
E.R. 50 W
100
 
60-1000
 
 
Fortress
E.R. 51
15
morse key
40-100
50
Cross-country 
vehicle
Tank battalion command net. 
E.R. 51 mle 1938
15-20
voice and morse key
40-100
50
Cross-country 
vehicle
Internal network of tank battalions. 
E.R. 52 
2
morse key
9.5-17
 50
D 1 and D 2 tanks
Internal network of D tank companies.
E.R. 52 bis
3
morse key
9.5-17
 50
D 1 and D 2 tanks
D tank battalion command net.
E.R. 53 mle 1932
15
morse key
40-100
 80
FCM 2C and B 1 tanks
Internal network of tank companies.
R. 11
up to 60
voice and morse key
100-1000
20
Light truck Friendly and ennemy radio communications surveillance. 
R. 15
 
5
Light truck
Friendly and ennemy radio communications surveillance. 
E.R. 54 mle 1938
? (voice)
 
Light tanks
Proposed for internal network of R and H light tank companies. Still not in service by May 1940. (derived from E.R. 40)



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