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ONSV21INT63

Original U.S. WWII 101st Airborne Division Paratrooper D-Day Invasion Signaling Cricket Clicker Clacker

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Original Item: Only One Available. After the parachute over Sicily in 1943, Major Taylor, the future commander of the 101st American Airborne Division, realized the importance of communication within the parachuted units in enemy territory. Indeed, scattered in many places, isolated parachutists had difficulty in finding their comrades without risking to expose themselves to the enemy fire.

The Americans re-used the principle of a toy widespread at the time and which consisted of a spring steel blade squeezing once pressed. Indeed, the English firm THE ACME has received orders from several thousand small parallelepipedic brass crickets, some of them made of chrome-plated brass.

Only the 101st Airborne Division was equipped with crickets, and only the paratroopers of the division received it as an endowment a few days before June 6, 1944. In addition to this means of recognition, a voice code was developed (valid during 24 hours following the start of operations): “Flash”, word to which it was necessary to answer “Thunder”. On the second day, the code became “Hustle”-“Along”. Other means of identification existed: smoke (colored or not), panels, light or flags.

Paratroopers were free to hang their cricket wherever they wished. Some kept it in the pockets of their jackets or trousers, others hung it around their necks or their helmets.

This example is original with the exception of the lower sprung steel panel which is a reproduction but allows the cricket to function perfectly with a great sound. The brass is 100% original WWII production. This version did not have the hole for hanging and it is unmarked.
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