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KGB Spy Cameras
30 December 2018

For anyone interested in spy cameras or in the history of the Cold War in general, this new book from Author H. Keith Melton is a must-have. It took him more than 20 years and the help from former KGB officers and several European collectors, but it has been well worth the wait.

The 192-page hard-cover book, contains more than 400 high-quality full-colour photographs, drawings and original KGB illustrations, covering well over 80 spy cameras and camera systems, many of which have never been seen by the general public before.

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Cold War cache discovered
15 December 2018

The unknown spy radio set shown in the image on the right, was recently found in a forgotten Cold War cache in a West-European country. It was hidden inside a regular VARTA car battery.

So far, transmitters of this type have only been found by the German BKA and BfV, and by the authorities of Austria and Switzerland, but as far as we know, none of these are held in a private collection. Until now that is.

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Transmitter

KGB Spy Museum to open in New York City
28 November 2018

Exiting news for visitors of the New York City area: in December 2018, the all new KGB Spy Museum – formerly located only in Lithuania – will open its doors for the first time at an exiting new location in New York City.

The museum will be dedicated to the history of the KGB and its far-reaching operations over the years. There are many artifacts, including spy cameras, spy radios, concealment devices, cipher machines, etc. The opening date will be announced soon.

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History of Abwehr radios
24 June 2018

During WWII, Rudolf F. Staritz worked at the drawing room of the German intelligence service – the Abwehr – where many designs and circuit diagrams of Abwehr radio sets passed through his hands. Despite the risk of getting caught, he managed to duplicate many of the circuit diagrams – some as photocopies, but mostly by memorizing them – and take them home after the war.

Around 1985, he bundled the circuit diagrams – together with unique photographic material – into an elaborate manuscript, with the intention to have it published. But despite the fact that his work revealed a hitherto undescribed piece of history, he was unable to find a good publisher.

In the following years, parts of the manuscript were published in the German magazine Funk (1985, 1987, 1988 and 1989), and also in two chapters of Volume 2 of Fritz Trenkle's book Die deutschen Funknachrichtenanlagen bis 1945. The manuscript was also given to individuals.
  

We are pleased to announce that the original 1985 manuscript has meanwhile been re-typeset by Norbert Dotzel, and is now available from our website, complete with recently rediscovered original photographs. It reflects the state-of-play of the mid-1980s and is fully searchable.

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History of Enigma's Steckerbrett
7 June 2018

Anyone familiar with the operating principle of the Enigma cipher machine, knows that the military variant has a double-ended plugboard (German: Steckerbrett) at the front.

It is little known however, that this is not the first design of a plugboard and that a much stronger single-ended variant was tried first. From surviving documents, we have now reconstructed the original Enigma Steckerbrett.

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Removing a plug (Stecker)


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