The Spy Toolkit

Extraordinary inventions from World War II

The Spy Toolkit cover


A revealing, sometimes sinister and often hilarious look at the gadgets and devices devised to help spies in their profession.

Spies claim that theirs is the second oldest profession. Secret agents across time have had the same key tasks: looking and listening, getting the information they need and smuggling it back home. Over the course of human history, some amazingly complex and imaginative tools have been created to help those working under the cloak of supreme secrecy.

During the Second World War, British undercover agents were the heroes behind the scenes, playing a dangerous and sometimes deadly game – risking all to gather intelligence about their enemies. What did these agents have in their toolkits? What ingenious spy gadgets did they have up their sleeves? What devious tricks did they deploy to avoid detection?

From the ingenious to the amusing, this highly visual book delves into espionage files that were long held top secret, revealing spycraft in action.

Table of Contents

The Organization
The Agent
Devices and Gadgets
Touching Base
The Enemy
About this Book

The Spy Toolkit
Secret Agents
Sabotage: Explosive Devices
Booby Traps
Incendiary Devices
Disguise and Deception
Touching Base

Product details

Published May 31 2018
Format Ebook (PDF)
Edition 1st
Extent 160
ISBN 9781472831507
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations More than 100 photographs and artworks
Series General Military
Short code GNM
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors


Stephen Twigge

Dr Stephen Twigge is Head of Modern Collections at…


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