Monday, June 20, 2016
The 'Spy Pistol' Used In The Second World War
Popular Mechanics: Forgotten Weapons: The Spy Pistol Used to Resist Nazi Occupation
Equipped with an effective silencer and easily taken apart to hide its true purpose, the Welrod was the perfect pistol for resistance operatives in Nazi-occupied Europe.
The Welrod is one of the best-remembered pieces of real-life James Bond gear manufactured by Special Operations Executive. SOE was a clandestine department set up in 1940 in the UK to assist resistance movements in occupied Europe, and they came up with some very interesting gadgets. SOE's Station IX specialized in weapons R&D, and was located in the small town of Welwyn, just north of London.
The devices created in Welwyn were all code-named using the name of the town for the first three letters. There was the Welrod, of course, and also the Welbike (a tiny folding motorcycle), the Welpen (a pen gun), the Welgun (a 9mm submachine gun), and more.
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WNU Editor: You have to admire its simplicity.