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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP24 Sep 2016 3:00 p.m. PST

…spies in WW2 including compasses in dices and daggers in pens that were smuggled into POW Camps inside board games.

Read here.


Sobieski Inactive Member24 Sep 2016 5:49 p.m. PST


zoneofcontrol24 Sep 2016 7:25 p.m. PST

My two older brothers each had a chess set that looked remarkably like the one in the article. Played them many, many times. I don't recall any spyware or escape tools in them.

Personal logo Swampster Supporting Member of TMP25 Sep 2016 3:37 a.m. PST

MI9, not M19

Last Hussar25 Sep 2016 4:30 a.m. PST

Please give a warning before linking to the paper that supported Hitler.

One of the the things that was done to avoid detection was to make the threads of hidden screw on tops 'left hand' so they tightened the wrong way. This meant when the Germans tested them they didn't open them. There was massive attention to detail.

Churchill saw the Germans as thinking in straight lines, and he wanted people who thought in twists – if you read accounts about Fortitude and the Twenty Committee you can see this. These sort of accounts are always more interesting, in any period, that the actual battle accounts that many wargamers get hung up on, which do tend to be very same-y.

Supercilius Maximus Supporting Member of TMP05 Oct 2016 5:41 a.m. PST

Please give a warning before linking to the paper that supported Hitler.

Would that be around the same time that The (then Manchester) Guardian was enthusing about the benefits of eugenics?

I suspect that both newspapers have had a few staff changes since the 1930s.

Poi00011 Oct 2016 2:57 a.m. PST

Perhaps, but the first linked paper is commonly referred to as the Daily Nazi for its current stance, not just its historic one.

Volleyfire11 Oct 2016 8:00 a.m. PST

I've never heard of it as being referred to as such, I think you're exagerrating there. Now had you been referring to some of it's readers instead some people might have a tendency to agree possibly.

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