forum support, a short answer to your question is that the handie talkie is designed for short range two-way communictaion only responsive to other radios with same frequency/crystals.It is obviously very portable but with only a range of 1.5 miles.I am not sure on the requirements of distribution to whom gets it but I would assume that they can be requisitioned to meet the above mentioned requirements such as squad-squad, squad-to platoon leader etc.. also used by the USMC.It seems to get mostly related to airborne use but not it's intended development.
One interesting note I would like to add is the handie-talkies were also authorized for for adaptation for air sea rescue purposes by the AAF for communication between rescue units
The correct handie talkie for air sea rescue and for AAF and airborne ground to air use would be the AN/CRC-7 VHF survival radio. The BC611 is AM and would have to be VHF to comunicate to aircraft. As qoted by Military radio Historian Dennis Stark. The AN/CRC-7 was also popular with fighter pilots of the time and airborne.
Edited by BC312, 05 April 2013 - 09:03 AM.