Original WWII Relic Cricket Recovered In Normandy The Ultimate Airborne D-Day Relic. Original WWII D-Day signaling device also known as a “Cricket”. These metal clickers were used by the 101st Airborne Paratroopers on D-Day as an alternative to verbal “passwords”. When a Trooper would encounter someone he was to click the cricket once as a challenge. This challenge was to answered by two clicks by the other person. If there was no answer he was assumed to be an enemy soldier. They became famous because of the movie “The Longest Day”. John Wayne was shown using a Cricket in the film. Since the US 101st Airborne who used them only used them on D-Day they are extremely rare. Most were discarded by the soldiers after D-Day. Considered one of the ultimate D-Day relics, fake or replicas can be easily obtained. This is a very rare chance to obtain a true original. This example was recovered near Hiesville in Normandy near the site of General Pratt’s crash. This is just outside St. Marie Du Mont. The original owner who found this cricket with a metal detector chose to clean it with a wire brush and replace the missing bottom snap plate. Some minor loss to the back (see photos) Still a fantastically rare and desirable artifact. In 2014 The Gettysburg Museum of History sold an authentic cricket to the President of the United States that was used as a diplomatic gift during the 70th anniversary of D-Day. 100% guaranteed to be authentic. An honest relic U.S. used cricket. Gettysburg Museum Certified (COA) provided. Don’t miss this, there will not be an opportunity to obtain one again.