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D-day airborne crickets from sainte-mere-eglise

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    I would like to know what a cricket is I have tried to figure out what this is and how it could be used - but I have given up...

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    I would like to know what a cricket is I have tried to figure out what this is and how it could be used - but I have given up...
    The cricket were use by the US paratroopers on D-day they were a toy made in England.the cricket were given to every paratrooper to know who was on the other side of a field it made a cliking sound you clik 2 times and they clik 3 times the ones I have are missing the blade.

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    A cricket was a small metal device ( the ones Chris pictured) that made the sounds of a cricket. They were handed out to American soldiers and paratroopers during D-Day, so they could communicate and locate each other.

    Very nice finds, Chris

    Regards,
    Finn

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    A cricket was a small metal device ( the ones Chris pictured) that made the sounds of a cricket. They were handed out to American soldiers and paratroopers during D-Day, so they could communicate and locate each other.

    Very nice finds, Chris

    Regards,
    Finn
    Hi Rommel1942 would you know the value of those crickets.I like those helmets

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    I'm sure everyone remembers from the movie, The Longest Day, where a US Soldier was using his cricket, he did the first part, and he got a response, but it was not what he was wanting, it was a German soldier loading his Mauser K-98, and the GI got shot, does anyone know if this really happened, or was that all Hollywood hype, and made up B.S.

    Brian

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    Thank you for the info... :-)

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    Hey Chris,

    I honestly have no idea how much they are worth. Sorry!

    Regards,
    Finn

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    thats pretty cool! i have a replica one though

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    Quote by blackheart0866 View Post
    I'm sure everyone remembers from the movie, The Longest Day, where a US Soldier was using his cricket, he did the first part, and he got a response, but it was not what he was wanting, it was a German soldier loading his Mauser K-98, and the GI got shot, does anyone know if this really happened, or was that all Hollywood hype, and made up B.S.

    Brian
    Yes and no,I was told by a vet the part in the movie the longest day was not true, but there was 3 cases where the paratroopers though it was there boys and it was not and got into a shoot-out.

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    The one in the picture #2 is one I donated to the Museum In Sainte mere eglise years ago.
    the first one is one I found about 3 years ago.
    chris

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