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The First World War

German Signal Pistol

Description:
Hebel Model 1894.  Signal pistols like this were used by both sides in the war.  In a time when communication by radio was in it's infancy, the easiest way to relay messages to entrenched troops was to fire a sequence of coloured flares as messages.  They could also fire white flares which would illuminate parts of the battlefield.
Place of Production:
Germany
Materials/Media:
steel with wooden handle
Dimensions:
26.5mm caliber, 14 inches in overall length
Source:
The Dick Institute
Accession number:
MA/H78
Digital Number:
EAAM124a, b
Creation Date:
1914-18
Copyright:
East Ayrshire Council


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