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#1 boston1944

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Posted 17 August 2008 - 01:06 PM

The so-called 'cricket' used by the US 101st Airborne Division on June 5th/6th 1944 is being made again by the original manufacturers.
This device originally designated the 'No. 470 clicker' and made by J Hudson of Birmingam is being made by them once more. Go to Airborne crickets and take a look.
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#2 Drew5233

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Posted 17 August 2008 - 01:39 PM

I bet they didn't cost £19.95 back in 1944 :blink:

Any reason why they are making them or is it just for nostalgic reasons? :rolleyes:
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#3 boston1944

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Posted 17 August 2008 - 03:33 PM

Quite simply demand. There are so many cheap ones sold every year that it was felt that a good copy was due. J Hudson still make a number of their wartime whistles, Titanic White Star Line whistles etc. This is just one more vintage item.
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#4 handtohand22

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Posted 17 August 2008 - 07:25 PM

I remember watching a WW2 movie where the Germans created havoc in a patrol operation after obtaining a cricket. Anyone remember the name of the movie?
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Posted 17 August 2008 - 09:53 PM

The Longest Day.

The crickets clicked once and a friendly was ment to reply with two clicks- the same as a bolt action Mauser Rifle used by the Germans.

Classic John Wayne line after he clicks his cricket and gets the 4 click reply in the hanger before flying to France, 'That's all'.

YouTube - The Longest Day in 30min PT1 of 3
See the bit at 8 minutes 33 seconds :)
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