SOE Sabotage – Explosive Coal
During the Second World War Britain’s Special Operations Executive (SOE) developed a whole series of sabotage devices for use behind enemy lines. Using unique archival footage this series of short videos examines some of the weapons developed for use by SOE agents in occupied Europe. In this episode we look at Explosive Coal, designed to explode inside fireboxes, furnaces and coal stores hampering enemy infrastructure.
The footage is part of the Imperial War Museum’s collection © IWM MGH 4324 and is used under the Non-commercial Use agreement.
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