Military Whistles WWI

Original whistles as used during WWI

These whistles have all played an important part in military history around the world. They are still largely made by hand, using original techniques and machinery from the early 20th Century.

Military Whistles - WWI


ACME Whistles are proud to have played an important role in military history. Our whistles have been extensively used by armies, navies and air forces internationally and are known for being tough and reliable. It is not quite accurate to say that these whistles are replicas of the originals used during World War I as they are still made by hand in Birmingham using a lot of the original equipment from the era; it would be perhaps more accurate to say that these are the same whistles, simply being made in the present day.


The various whistles in this collection all had their roles to play in World War I. For example, while it was originally designed for use by the Metropolitan Police in London it was quickly found to be an important piece of kit for soldiers too, and became the world’s first trench whistle. It’s shrill cry often marked the moment troops were sent over the top. Another well known and iconic model is the ACME Thunderer which had wide military use as a general service whistle.


Traditional Military Whistles


These traditional military whistles make excellent gifts for anyone who has a connection to the military or who has a keen interest in world history. The level of detail and the impeccable craftsmanship that goes into each whistle is a delight to behold, they have a lovely tactile quality and feel pleasant in the hand. Some whistles in this range are of the pea whistle style, and others do not depend on a pea to operate and are known as airfast whistles. Each kind has its own distinct, consistent sound.


We have recently been able to offer engraving services on most of our metal whistles. This makes a lovely personal touch if you are giving whistles as a gift, or need to mark the whistle in a way that makes it identifiable. Any message can be added as long as it does not exceed 50 characters. If you would like more information on any of our whistles then please do get in touch with us, we are always happy to offer further advice and information on the ACME range.