Weaponry

Home-made Terrorist Weapons

  • An important intelligence role is to discover illegal weapons and explosives before they can be used by terrorists or insurgents.  

  • The recovery by Security Forces of smuggled, illegally-held commercial weaponry, like the AK variant assault rifle at the back of the photo, often leads to terrorist groupings developing their own home-made 'improvised' weapons.

  • The small mortar, fired by a shotgun cartridge, was recovered from Loyalist terrorists during  a search in Northern Ireland during the 'Troubles'.

  • The home-made pistol and 'zip gun' were recovered from Republican terrorist groups, also in Northern Ireland.

Fairbairn-Sykes Fighting Knife

  • Designed by two ex-Shanghai policemen, and named after them, the Fairbairn-Sykes Fighting Knife was issued to many units during the Second World War, most notably the Special Operations  Executive  (SOE), the Special Air Service (SAS) and the Commandos.

  • It is often referred to as 'the commando dagger'.

  • Experts in the martial arts, learned while on the job in Shanghai, the inventors also put together a booklet detailing many street-fighting techniques that could be used with weapons such as their knife, or indeed when unarmed.

  • They also gave hand-to-hand combat training lessons.

German SS General

Theodor Eicke's Sword

  • This German Officer's sword was the property of SS General  Theodor  Eicke.  It was found under a bed in his house near Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp.  

  • Eicke was a leading Nazi who led the unit largely responsible for setting up the concentration camp system in the 1930s.

  • Eicke was later killed on the Russian front when the aircraft he was travelling in was shot down by Russian Anti-Aircraft fire.

  • The sword and numerous other artefacts were donated to the museum by Dr Hans Hers, a Dutch Intelligence Officer.

Accession number: ASFIC 2239

Unique 'Handbag' Pistol

  • Manufactured by the French Company 'Unique', this is a small calibre pistol designed for easy concealment.

  • It is .65 calibre and has an 8-round magazine.

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