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British spy radio sets

During and after WWII, the UK was one of the main developers and suppliers of spy radio sets and receivers. During WWII, a wide range of suitcase and special forces radios were developed and many of these were dropped over occupied Europe. Some of them were dropped together with a (secret) agent, but others were dropped-off at night for use by resistance groups.

During the Cold War, development and production of suitable radio sets for agents and stay-behind organisations (also known as Gladio) continued. Initially these radios were all valve based (tubes), but as soon as transistors became widely available, a range of (partly) transistorised radio sets were developed. Some of these are listed below. Click any of the images for further details.

British spy radio sets on this website
Whaddon Mk-VII (Paraset)
The famous Type 3 Mark II, also known as the B2
British suitcase spy radio set Type A Mk. II (A2)
The UK Type A Mk. III (A3)
The UK Type 36/1 (MCR-1)
WANTED - Full duplex UHF radio for resistance communication and air droppings
Portable Communications Receiver (PCR)
Post-war version of the UK Type 36/1 (MCR-1), produced by MBLE in Belgium.
Mk. 119
Mk. 122
Mk. 123
Mk. 301 Receiver
Mk. 328 Receiver
Racal PRM-4150 (TITHE)
Telefunken spy set FS-5000
Foreign sets built in the UK
AP-5 spy radio set, developed by the Poles in the UK
BP-3 spy radio set developed by the Poles in the UK
BP-5 spy radio set developed by the Poles in the UK
The UK Type 31/1 (Sweetheart), produced in the UK during WW-II for Norway
Polish OP-3 (Type 30/1) WW-II clandestine receiver. Produced in the UK during WW-II.
War-time spy sets
  1. Strictly speaking not a spy radio set.

War-time Polish sets (built in the UK)
These sets were developed and built by the Polish Army in Exile in the UK during WWII:

Cold War UK spy sets
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