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Heer Whistle Signals
By Jim Miller, revised by Jonathan Bocek


In effort to maintain control of troops over the sound & distance of battle, the German army adopted the use of the whistle as a signal instrument.  Like bugle calls used in the past, a set system of whistle tones was used.  With this, commands could now be clearly understood up to a half mile away, even over the gun fire of battle.   Below are the whistle signals that were used during the war:

 

------- Continuous blast ALARM
- - - 3 long blasts ASSEMBLE
- 1 long blast MOVE OUT or ATTACK
- - 2 long blasts (signal was repeated)  WITHDRAW
- * 1 long and 1 short blast RIGHT FLANK PULL IN
* - 1 short and 1 long blast LEFT FLANK PULL IN
* * - 2 short and 1 long blast SHIFT LEFT
- * * 1 long and 2 short blasts SHIFT RIGHT
* * * * 4 short blasts REGROUP
- * - 1 long, 1 short, 1 long blast ASSEMBLE ON LEADER

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