EFM (Expeditionary Force Messages) were used by members of the Armed Forces & civilians serving overseas, during wartime, with their families in both World Wars.
As part of our research for the September 2020 OTVA Newsletter, a copy of the EFM TEXTS from Cable and Wireless in Fiji, Suva from August 1944 were discovered in our archives.
To aid researchers, who may be interested in EFM Texts, the text of this Table of Codes of EFM’s are listed below.
The graphic of the EFM Texts is here. [Link: EFM TEXTS. Site OTVA.com]
E. F. M. TEXTS
FOR USE BY BRITISH AND AMERICAN ARMY, NAVY AND MERCHANT MARINE
FROM THE 1st AUGUST, 1944
ANY THREE OF THE UNDERMENTIONED TEXTS MAY BE USED.
PRICES FROM FIJI: 47 CENTS OR 2/6 PER MESSAGE.
IF UNABLE TO LODGE AT CABLE OFFICE MESSAGES CAN BE AIRMAILED TO
CABLE AND WIRELESS LTD., SUVA, FIJI.
|A – CORRESPONDENCE.
B – GREETINGS.
C – HEALTH.
D – PROMOTION.
E – MONEY.
F – CONGRATULATIONS.
H – MISCELLANEOUS.
I – BEREAVEMENT.
J – SUPPLEMENTARY CORRESPONDENCE.
K – SUPPLEMENTARY GREETINGS.
L – SUPPLEMENTARY HEALTH.
M – SUPPLEMENTARY MONEY.
N – SUPPLEMENTARY MISCELLANEOUS.
O – NOTIFICATION OF PERSONAL BROADCAST.
NOTE: x Texts 354 to 356 inclusive can be inserted following selection of items in Texts 176 to 179
Texts 319 and 320 for Jewish New Year.
Necessary additional information to be inserted by senders in texts where blank space provided.
Only one item can be inserted in Blank space of Texts 332 and 333.
* The amount in words to be inserted immediately following the text number.
TEXTS BELOW FOR USE BY BRITISH FORCES ONLY
G – WAR DAMAGE.
I. – BEREAVEMENT.
141. Sorry to tell you …. died.
This transcript is published for research of this little known method of telegraphy to keep defense forces in touch with home during WWII. The compression of the text into a simple 3 numeral code, allowed many more messages to be passed than would have been able using full telegraphic code. Note: Morse code would have been in normal use at that time. GM.
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