Child Toy Used in War (8 pics)

Posted in Pictures       27 May 2010       12478       9

How do you think what it is? Any ideas?

The answer is inside the post :)
 

This is actually a toy called a cricket because it emits a chirp when it is pressed which resembles the sound a cricket makes.
A great idea came to the American Commander of the 101st Airborne Division to put it to use by some US paratroopers during the Second World War. Because often when soldiers parachuted into enemy territory they were scattered and needed a way to communicate with each other without exposing themselves to the enemy. They used the crickets for this purpose. For this reason, they developed a system of codes.

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The 101st Airborne Division used crickets for the first time on 6 June 1944. It was the only Division in which the paratroopers were provided with crickets.

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The paratroopers were permitted to wear their crickets on their uniform wherever they wanted.
A simple toy that did a lot for the survival of paratroopers...

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Jayzen Freeze 10 year s ago
blink I hate the sound of crickets but i think it is because they never stop at night. but i want one of these to annoy others and to have fun my self lol. It looks so sturdy like even the toys back then then now everything is made out of plastic n_recourse
       
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jayfix 10 year s ago
you can see them used in the movie The Longest Day

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0056197/
       
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lolipop 10 year s ago
drinks
       
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mominco 10 year s ago
i've seen those before
       
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kryosis 10 year s ago
n_smile
       
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4down2 9 year s ago
41
       
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Oxymor 9 year s ago
I got two in my childhood. Such an awesome song, full of memories.
       
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2Cool4Ice 9 year s ago
Band of brothers (serie) saw them theere
       
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2Cool4Ice 8 year s ago
First in saving private ryan
       
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