Do not confuse this cricket with others you may have seen for sale, this is the real thing. Your D-Day paratrooper rig will not be complete without a REAL 'Acme' cricket taped to your helmet strap or strung around your neck.
This item would also make the ideal gift for the Airborne aficionado in your life or a great little piece of Airborne memorabilia to own.
Yes, you can get replica clickers much cheaper, usually marked with 'U.S.' which not only is totally incorrect as this was an English made device, but the shape and make up is wrong. But this cricket is original, made today on original machines and to 1940's standards.
You are buying the genuine item but made 70 plus years after the first batches were made and a lot of work and effort has gone into producing this piece of Airborne history!
If you are one of the visitors to Littlecote House England on the Stephen Ambrose 'Band of Brothers' tour, yes, this is the cricket you saw there and you can now own one.
If you watched the film 'The Longest Day', you will see a cricket used and demonstrated several times by John Wayne and the rest of the 101st Airborne cast.
If you are still not sure what the airborne Clicker was used for, then in summary it was used by band masters to keep timing within the band. It was also a toy used by children in England and then finally it was used by the 101st Airborne Division in WW2 as a signalling device in order to identify friend from foe by US Paratroopers after landing in Normandy. These airborne Crickets are icons from the Normandy campaign.
We have various versions available, the picture to the left shows a version without a punched hole which reflects many of the originals.
This is a great item if you don't want a hole but also if you want to make a hole in the clicker where you want!
Visit our 'News' pages and you will find various versions where the hole has not been factory made. Perfect for Airborne reenactors who want to copy their favourite cricket.