How a toy noisemaker saved lives on D-Day


Reproduction of a toy originally made by the ACME Thunderer Whistle Co. in England

Before we had any sophisticated electronics, how did soldiers know who was friend or foe at night in enemy territory? During World War II, when paratroopers were dropped on the night before the invasion of Normandy, the soldiers carried small metal clicking toys called "D-Day crickets." These, along with passwords, were used to click to each other to signal that they were friendly and not the enemy.

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