German Signal Pistol

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.
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EAAM124a, b
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26.5mm caliber, 14 inches in overall length
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steel with wooden handle
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East Ayrshire Council
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