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WW2 SOE French 1 Franc Coin with Concealed Blade. Dated 1941

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WW2 Dated 1941 SOE and Escape & Evasion 1 Franc coin with Concealed Blade.

Used by SOE Operatives in the field. This coin is made from Aluminium - Magnesium as were all French coins of this period and would have been issued to the SOE agent along with other French currency and kept about their person.

If the agent was captured then the coin could be used to cut through bindings. 

A fabulous piece of SOE, Spy and Escape & Evasion history.

Setting Europe Ablaze. 

In June 1940, a new volunteer force - the Special Operations Executive (SOE) - was set up to wage a secret war. Its agents were mainly tasked with sabotage and subversion behind enemy lines. They had an influential supporter in Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who famously ordered them to 'set Europe ablaze!'

SOE's director of operations was Commando officer Brigadier Colin Gubbins whose interest in irregular warfare originated from his service during the Irish War of Independence (1919-21). Gubbins had also been involved in planning to establish a sabotage force to work behind the lines during any German invasion of Britain.

Gubbins’s approach to warfare included blowing up trains, bridges and factories, as well as fostering revolt and guerrilla warfare in enemy-occupied countries.

After completing a gruelling training regime, SOE agents were parachuted into occupied Europe and the Far East to work with resistance movements. Many were serving soldiers, often with Commando training, but others joined directly from civilian life.

Women also joined up. Some were enlisted in the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry (FANY) to disguise their secret work. These were the only women permitted a combat role during the Second World War.

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