It was after the Airborne operation over Sicily in 1943 that Commander Taylor, the future general commanding the 101st Airborne Division (The Screaming Eagles), realized the importance of communication among the parachuted units in enemy territory. Scattered in various places, isolated paratroopers often had a hard time to find their comrades without risking exposure to enemy fire. The Americans reused the principle of a popular toy at the time, the ‘Cricket’ consisted of a steel spring blade emitting a click-clack when pressed and released (similar in sound to the insect). British manufactures were given an order of several thousand of the devices to be used by the 101st Airborne Division on D-Day. To use the device, it was squeezed, flexing the steel spring and making a 'click-clack'- asking for the identification. The response should be a double squeeze making two 'click-clacks'. If the response was not two ‘click-clacks’ the Para opened fire! This is a faithful reproduction of the original device. Watch the YouTube video
Dig for Victory was one of the most well known wartime slogans. Everyone from school children to pensioners were encouraged to grow their own vegetables to help the war effort. Dig for Victory Now 1940's Reproduction Poster measures 76cm x 50cm
This sturdy box contains more than 30 items of hitherto unused WW1 memorabilia.
The box dimensions are 220 x 160 x 41mm and the overall weight of the product is 560g.
12 page full size newspaper
20 page abridged version of ""War News"" magazine
4 x double sided propaganda posters-
8 page ""Wipers Times"" magazine - this is how the Tommies pronounced ""Ypres"" and it was produced in the Trenches
Red Cross programme
Certificate of Exemption from the War
Secret Infantry Papers with map
3 page hand written letter with envelope
Trench booklet (rules and regs. of Trench life)
Desertion papers inc. defence and prosecution statements
Fascinating typed letter describing ""life in the Trenches""Selection of flyers
""Killed in Action"" letter
A soldier's Pay Book
10 x double sided postcards
24 x trade cards
Recruitment and Munitions cards
Take a trip down memory lane with the Womens War Memorabilia Pack. Contains: Life in the WRNS booklet, Home Companion magazine, personal ephemera, Land Army flyer, wartime recipes, A Womans Place pamphlet & various fantastic images.