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  WWII Clandestine Equipment  
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B Mark II SOE Suitcase Radio
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Source: Personal Collection
Type B Mark II SOE Suitcase Radio - UK (1942). British suitcase radio intended for use by SOE agents and special forces. and weighs about 13.2 kg. Additional photos: This radio is extensively featured in Louis Meulstee's book "Wireless for the Warrior - Volume 4" in the Radios Transmitters section for Great Britain.

It is also shown and described on page 112 of Keith Melton's "The Ultimate Spy Book" (1996 edition).
ALCO Steam Generator for B2 Suitcase Radio
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Source: Personal Collection
ALCO Steam Generator (Stuart/Sirius) - UK (1944). Meant as an alternate power source for the Type B Mark II SOE Suitcase Radio. This power generator is featured in Louis Meulstee's book "Wireless for the Warrior - Volume 4" in the Power Generators section.

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B2 Radio Drop Case
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Source: Personal Collection
WW2 B2 SPY RADIO SET TYPE G TX/RX PARACHUTE DROP CASE - UK (WW-II). Meant as a drop case/container for securing the core components (rx and tx) of the B Mark II SOE suitcase radio.

Acquired in April 2013 on eBay UK.

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Type A Mark III SOE Suitcase Radio
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Source: Personal Collection
Type A Mark III SOE Suitcase Radio - UK (1944). British suitcase radio designed by John Brown for the SOE and weighs about 5.9 kg. Additional photos: This radio is extensively featured in Louis Meulstee's book "Wireless for the Warrior - Volume 4" in the Radios Transmitters section for Great Britain.

It is also shown and described on page 113 of Keith Melton's "The Ultimate Spy Book" (1996 edition).
MCR1 - Biscuit Tin Radio
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Source: Personal Collection
MCR1 Biscuit Tin Radio - UK (1943). British miniature communications radio was also known as the Type 36/I and came with 4 coil units. It was designed for the SOE and weighs about 1 kg - the AC/DC power pack weighed about 1 kg as well. This radio is featured in Louis Meulstee's book "Wireless for the Warrior - Volume 4" in the Radios Transmitters section for Great Britain.

It is also shown and described on page 116 of Keith Melton's "The Ultimate Spy Book" (1996 edition).
Paraset Clandestine Radio
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Source: Personal Collection
Paraset Clandestine Radio - UK (1941). British miniature communications radio was also known as the Mk. VII. It was designed for the SOE and M16 SIS and weighs about 2.3 kg This radio is featured in Louis Meulstee's book "Wireless for the Warrior - Volume 4" in the Radios Transmitters section for Great Britain.
PRC-1 US Army Intelligence Suitcase Radio
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Source: Personal Collection
PRC-1 Suitcase Radio - US (1944). U.S. suitcase radio was designated as AN/PRC-1 and was primarily intended for Army Intelligence. It weighs about 14.5 kg complete in a suitcase. One suitcase design was very compact while another was much larger and came with aluminum spacers to secure the main radio components. This radio is featured in Louis Meulstee's book "Wireless for the Warrior - Volume 4" in the Radios Transmitters section for the United States.
Polish OP-3 Type 30/1 Radio
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Source: Personal Collection
OP-3 Type 30/1 Radio - Poland (1943). This design was from the Poles while in England. It resembles greatly the Type 31/1 Sweetheart radio made by the British. This radio is featured in Louis Meulstee's book "Wireless for the Warrior - Volume 4" in the Radios Transmitters section for Poland.
Sweetheart Type 31/1 Radio
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Source: Personal Collection
Sweetheart Type 31/1 Radio - UK (1943). It resembles greatly the Type 30/1 OP-3 radio designed by the Poles. Receiver and supply unit weigh approximately 2 kg. This radio is featured in Louis Meulstee's book "Wireless for the Warrior - Volume 4" in the Radios Transmitters section for England.
OSS SCR-504-A Direction Finding Receiver (BC-792)
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Source: Personal Collection
OSS SCR-504-A Direction Finding Receiver (BC-792) - US (1943). American suitcase direction-finding suitcase receiver designed for American Intelligence and weighs just over 11 kg. Additional photos: This RDF is featured in Louis Meulstee's book "Wireless for the Warrior - Volume 4" in the Radios Transmitters section for Great Britain.

It is also shown and described on page 103 of Keith Melton's "The Ultimate Spy Book" (1996 edition).
SOE Silk Code
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Source: Personal Collection
SOE Silk Code - UK (WW-II). Silk codes were used by SOE agents in the field throughout WW-II. They were easy to conceal and destroy (e.g. light with match) when needed. There are covered to a great extent in the book "Between Silk and Cyanide: A Codemaker's War 1941-1945" by Leo Marks in 1998 - in fact, the dust jacket has a photo of a silk code).

These silk codes are extensively featured in Pierre Lorain's book "Armement clandestin - S.O.E. France - 1941-1944" published in 1972 (later published in English as "Clandestine Operations: the arms and techniques of the Resistance" in 1983 as translated by David Kahn.

These are also shown and described on page 125 of Keith Melton's "The Ultimate Spy Book" (1996 edition).
OSS Caltrop
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Source: Personal Collection
OSS Caltrop - US (WW-II). In modern warfare, this device has been mainly intended to be a tire deflation instrument. The history of the caltrop can be seen at this Wikipedia website.

More information can also be viewed at this CIA Spy Gear website.
Telesonic Receiver
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Source: Personal Collection
Telesonic Receiver - UK (1944). Apparently intended for listening to enemy telephone communications given close proximity to telephone lines. This receiver is also shown and described on page 58 of James Ladd and Keith Melton's "Clandestine Warfare - Weapons and Equipment of the SOE and OSS" (1988 edition). Not much information has been found on the web.



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