Escape Kits: Real-Life British Spy Gadgets from World War II

During World War II, British veteran Christopher Clayton Hutton was given an unusual task by his government: Design secret objects that captured British POWs could use to escape. Hutton, who had studied both magicians and escape artists, devised a series of clever items.

Perhaps the best-known are his "escape scarves," which were silk scarves worn by airmen that had maps of enemy territory printed on them. Should they be shot down and survive, they could hopefully use the maps to work their...

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