Artwork : ArchiveNo00174

Suitcase Radio 1943






Contributor Name D-Day Museum
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Location Southsea
Collection Date 29.09.08 11.05am
Artefact Name Suitcase Radio
Artefact Description Brown leather suitcase containing a radio, headphones, morse code key, batteries and other radio equipment. Very heavy.
Good condition.
Artefact Date 1943
Artefact Stored In display case - the D-Day Story
Artefact Form

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Sample Taken White thread from inside bottom-right of the case. Brown/green thread from bottom-right of the exterior
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History of Artefact The suitcase radios were made specially for allied secret agents in enemy occupied countries. The radio is contained within what looks like an ordinary suitcase so as to disguise what it actually is. It enabled the agent to keep in touch with the headquarters in England and to update on events.
It was a risky object to carry around in case it was detected by the enemy.
They could have been parachuted in or arrived on a small aircraft that would have landed in the night.
This example was purchased from a collector.
It is a Type 3 Mk.II suitcase radio, also known as the 'B2' type. It was the most widely used by the 'spy sets' and could operate from mains power or from its battery.
Historian Andrew Whitmarsh
Previous Owners Special Operations Executive and a collector
Special Memories

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