by Carole R., August 26, 2009 4:29 PM
Special Operations Executive (SOE) was a secret British operative that promoted sabotage and subversion in enemy countries during World War II. The SOE only existed for six years, but it manufactured an enormous amount of disguised explosives, electronic surveillance equipment, and camouflage outfits like the "sniper suit," which resembles a leafy bush. The SOE catalog, secret for 50 years and now declassified, is a fascinating artifact. While some of the items might resemble props from a Monty Python sketch, it's humbling to know that this was deadly serious business at the time.