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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 the war, a wide range of suitcase and special forces radios were developed and many of these were dropped over German-occupied countries in Europe, in some cases together with an agent. Most sets were developed by the SIS (MI6) or the SOE, but also by foreign engineers that had escaped to the UK.

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 V spy radio set (La Paracette) - 1941
Whaddon Mk VII spy radio set (Paraset) - 1942
Whaddon Mk XV (Mark 15) spy radio set - 1943
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
LW/MW/SW pocket receiver
Mk. 328 Receiver
Racal PRM-4150 (TITHE)
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.
Foreign sets used in the UK
Telefunken spy set FS-5000
War-time spy sets
  1. Strictly speaking not a spy radio set but a military infantry 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
Cold War spy sets used in the UK
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