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Old 01-05-2016, 10:07 PM
Phil Froom Phil Froom is offline
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Default New evasion and escape devices book

Those of you interested in evasion and escape may be interested in a related book on the Evasion and Escape devices produced by MI9 and MIS-X during WW2. The book is published by Schiffer Publishing, and is available in UK this month (currently on the street in USA).

The book covers the evolution, formation and role of the secret wartime organisation known as MI9 and its US mirror organisation MIS-X. These two organisations were responsible for the invention, production and distribution of a huge variety of ingenious evasion and escape devices issued to allied air crew and Special Operations personnel to enable*them to evade capture after being forced down, or cut off behind enemy* lines in occupied Europe, hopefully to evade and safely return to*their Squadrons and Regiments to continue the struggle against Axis*powers.

The book concentrates not specifically on MI9 or MIS-X - although their histories are well covered - but on the innovative and rare gadgets themselves, and includes over 700 unique images of these immensely rare devices.

The escape items 'loaded' with covert devices included pens, pencils, razors, shaving brushes, tooth brushes, combs, cigarette lighters, books, mirrors, games, sporting goods, dart boards and numerous other everyday items, all constructed with escape devices concealed inside and illicitly smuggled into POW camps in occupied Europe, to aid approved escapes from the various camps.

The book is currently available from the publisher, from or from the UK distributor (Gazelle Books):

The UK distributors are Gazelle Books (Gazelle Publishing) website:
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