B2 Suitcase Radio

Used by Special Operations Executive (SOE) radio operators during the Second World War, this B2 radio is disguised inside a normal civilian suitcase. This particular set was used by a member of the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry (FANY), an all female corps which was greatly involved with SOE.

Although it looks innocuous, the carrier of this radio needed strong arm muscles as it weighs over 30lb (13kg) and to be seen struggling with such a small suitcase may have brought the attention of the Gestapo down on the carrier. Captured SOE operators were invariably tortured for information and many were executed.

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