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Stand In The Door 1944

D-Day Cricket

D-Day Cricket

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Arguably one of the most iconic pieces of kit used by the 101st Airborne for the Normandy invasion.  One "click" to be answered by two "clicks."  This was a a prime example of division leadership trying to think outside the box to help their troops be successful.

Over the hears there have been many repos made of the D-Day cricket but unfortunately nearly all of them are night and day compared to an original.  We wanted to offer one of the best reproductions around that features all the details of the original.

First off was the size and shape.  Most repos are quite a bit larger than their original counterparts and the shape of the brass housing is quite different.  As you can see the "thumb print" on most repos is more of a narrow rectangle with rounded ends rather than the deep oval of the original.

Then there was the snapping plate.  Original crickets used a snapping plate that was made out of blued (gun metal blackening) so that they did not shine as much in the dark.  Also the snapping divot was about the size of the head of a pencil eraser.  90% of reproduction crickets use a shined piece of steel which has a very large snapping divot that is about the size of a dime.  This differing shape of the divot also makes them sound quite different than originals.

Contrary to popular belief most crickets were not issued with a drilled hole or a lanyard.  This being the case many troopers did not have a drill to put a hole in their cricket so they had to use an awl or a nail to punch the hole.  We have gone the extra step and replicated these punched holes in our crickets for and extra layer of realism.

Lastly is the manufacturer stamp in the side of the cricket.  They very first crickets that were made by the Acme company did indeed have their logo stamped into the side of their crickets.  However when they got the massive order from the Army to produce thousands of them they stopped adding the stamp to help production move faster.  It is impossible to know for sure how many of the original crickets had a manufacturer stamp but it is believed by most historians that less then 10% had these stamps leaving the other 90% of crickets with no stamp at all. 

 

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