More Visual Signalling: Flares

Another form of visual signalling was the flare, a brief burst of colour or white stars sent into the air from a flare gun, or Very pistol, named for its American inventor. Such flares were often used — fired straight into the air — as a distress signal, but they could also be used to send messages, using a pre-established pattern of flares.

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Of course, the watcher had to remember the sequence correctly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bairnsfather, Bruce. Still More Fragments from France. Vol 3. nd.31.

Copyright 2016. See “More about this project.”
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