The 1903 Model Signal ‘Gun’

Submitted for your consideration, a Navy signal outpost on New Caledonia, January 1943. A convoy of sailors en-route to water and supplies, guide their horses over a mountain trail. Note the M1903 Springfields over their shoulders and a curious-looking hand cannon held by the first rider.


Next, Navy signalmen arrive on pack horses at an outpost signal tower on New Caledonia during World War II. The French “Tricolor” flag and the “Fighting French” ensign are flying from the landlocked mast.


A closer look at those bluejackets…

Shows the unmistakable sign of a Model 1903 Signal Lamp.

This thing:

Lot 9706-16 U.S. Navy sailor holding a 1903 model night signal gun, circa WWI

The more you know…

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