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Real-Life Spy Gear from the CIA

Converted for use with Top Secret/SI

Edited by J.L. Hicks

NOTE: The text and images in this document, with the exception of game stats and editor’s notes, were taken di-
rectly from the CIA Website at www.cia.gov. This information has been placed in the public domain by the Central
Intelligence Agency, and the editor wishes to extend his thanks to that organization for giving us a glimpse into a
part of the history of our country which is not usually seen.

Item Name Weight Cost
Caltrop
-- Normal .1 $2
-- Tire Spike .5 $10
Matchbox Camera .1 $1200
Mark IV Microdot Camera .2 $1500
Minox Camera .1 $1200
“Belly Buster” Hand-Crank Audio Drill 2 $750
Seismic Intruder Detection Device 1 $1500
Dead Drop Spike .1 $75
“Silver Dollar” Hollow Container -- $150

CALTROP (TIRE SPIKE) was to be used.
The camera,
Caltrops were which uses
used extensively 16mm film, was
for operations designed to be
during the early operated with a
days of the Of- minimum of user-
fice of Strategic adjustable set-
Services (OSS), tings. It was de-
the predecessor ployed "behind the lines" by resistance personnel in
of the CIA. A World War II for target recording and propaganda
scaled-down photography. It featured rugged construction and
version of cal- controls which could be operated by "feel." (EDI-
trops used to TOR'S NOTE: This is a variant of the Mini-camera
stop horses during medieval times, this device was from the Top Secret/S.I. boxed set.)
also effective in harassing modern-day enemies.
When scattered on roads and runways, the non-
reflective caltrops would always land with one of the MARK IV MICRODOT CAMERA
four spikes in an upright position, disrupting vehicular
movement. This particular spike is hollow and can When the Berlin
puncture a self-sealing rubber tire. Wall was erected,
passing docu-
ments between
MATCHBOX CAMERA agents in Eastern
Europe and the
The Eastman Kodak Company developed and West became
manufactured this camera for use by the Office of nearly impossible.
Strategic Services. It was made in the shape of a The mail became
matchbox and could be camouflaged by adding a the primary means
matchbox label appropriate for the country in which it of communication,

I. fashioned "BELLY BUSTER" HAND-CRANK AUDIO DRILL to look like an The "Belly Eisenhow Buster" drill er silver was used dollar.itself small enough to be used undetected -. microfilm.an agent This Cold War- could take photographs that could be reduced to a era motion de- tiny dot. maps. and other items. boxed set. it waterproof and mildew-proof and can be shoved into was easy to conceal and operate in one hand.) 300 meters. The spike is an ultralight plastic body. This ultra- miniature precision DEAD DROP SPIKE camera has been a favor. used a Minox supplied by the KGB to photograph sensitive "SILVER DOLLAR" HOLLOW CONTAINER National Security Agency codes for the Soviets. The camera was originally designed in which has 1934 and. close range and was a natural for clandestine pho- tography. . This hol- camera from the Top Secret/S. Because it resembles implanting audio devices. SEISMIC INTRUDER DETECTION DEVICE sages through. The Minox was reintroduced in 1958 with documents. The pinhead-sized piece of film was then tector was de- glued somewhere in a typewritten letter and sent signed to blend through the mail undetected . Microdot cameras were movement of used primarily during the 1950s and early 1960s. (EDITOR'S NOTE: This is a variant of the Microfilm or objects up to Camera from the G4 File. After assembly.) low con- tainer. It can detect scope to read the message. (EDITOR'S NOTE: This is a variant of the Mini.. Because of its small size. This kit came with several drill bits and accessories. Walker.and many agents relied on "microdots" to get mes.000 had been manufactured been used since the late 1960s to hide money. The dead ite of spies drop spike is around the a conceal- world for ment device many years. The agent receiving the in with local ter- letter would retrieve the film and put it under a micro. rain. The device is powered by three mercury cells and has a built-in dipole antenna and built-in 150 MHz trans- MINOX CAMERA mitter. animals. worldwide. Jr. sages or sonry for film without being detected. is during the still used late 1950s / today to early 1960s hide and to drill holes send mes- into ma. the base of ordinary pocket change. Convicted spy John A. 17. It the ground or placed in a shallow stream to be re- could take excellent photographs of documents at trieved at a later time. Using a microdot camera -. people. which relays the device's findings through coded impulses. by 1939. it is virtually undetectable as the drill was held firmly against the stomach while the a concealment device. handle was cranked manually.