Incredible real James Bond gadget weapons of British World War Two spies revealed including pipe that hides a knife and a killer shaving kit
AN incredible array of James Bond-style concealed weapons used by British World War Two spies that includes a pipe that hides a knife and a killer shaving kit have been unearthed.
The chilling collection consists of everyday items which conceal a deadly tool Special Operations Executive agents could turn to in a do-or-die situations.
The pipe’s detachable mouthpiece can be removed to reveal a lethal steel dagger.
What looks like a normal pencil actually has a thin removable blade hidden in it instead of lead.
And a run-of-the-mill travel razor kit has a hidden spike blade in the case.
There is also a steel dagger spike which could be concealed in clothing and brandished in moments of strife.
The “escape and evasion” items have been amassed by a collector of World War Two memorabilia over the years but have now emerged for auction.
Other ingenious items issued to SOE agents were matchboxes with a hidden compass inside and miniature message containers which could be concealed from prying guards.
One of the marquee lots in the sale is a biscuit tin radio transmitter which was used by an agent to receive messages behind enemy lines in occupied Belgium.
The items are tipped to sell for a total of £5,000.
Mathew Tredwin, of C&T Auctioneers of Ashford, Kent, said: "The pipe dagger in particular is quite interesting because it is designed to look like an everyday object and the last thing you would expect was for someone to have a dagger concealed in a pipe.
"The pencil and razor kit are very similar and by the time you realised it was a weapon it would be too late.
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"Some of these weapons are quite chilling when you look at them now but they give you an immediacy of a kill or be killed scenario many of these agents woulds have faced.
"You can imagine an SOE operative, many of whom were women, being cornered by a German soldier and all you had was a stealth weapon to fight your way out.
"It was incredibly dangerous. If you were caught that was it, you would be executed.
"These stealth weapons are few and far between. Once they were used by the secret agents they were often disposed of.
"They are very popular because of their rarity and the romanticism surrounding the secret service. Every one wants to be James Bond."
The Special Operations Executive conducted espionage, sabotage and reconnaissance in occupied Europe against the Axis powers.
The organisation directly employed or controlled just over 13,000 people, about 3,200 of whom were women, although few people were aware of SOE's existence.
The auction takes place tomorrow.
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