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Official Secret: The Remarkable Story Of Escape Aids, Their Invention, Production, And The Sequel

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Few readers fail to thrill to escape stories, but do they pause to wonder who or what organization was behind the ingenious escape aids that became familiar to the allied forces. Here is the story of that man, Major Hutton. whose wartime job was to devise aids to facilitate production, to engineer distribution and to be ready to substitute at one when the enemy solved the secret. There were silk maps to all areas and frontiers; there were all sorts of ways of concealing tiny compasses; there were flying books that could be quickly converted, heels that held money, plastic containers that held necessities for survival - food, medicine first aid items, even a cream in toothpaste tubes. Frequently his methods were on the edge of the illegal.—Print Ed.

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