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Vigo Militaria and Collectables

WW2 SOE Operatives Nail Dagger (Bodkin) with Original Sheath

Regular price £525.00 GBP
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This fabulous and very rare item is from a SOE collection we have recently acquired.

This original WW2 SOE Operatives Nail Dagger with Sheath is in super condition throughout. The dagger measures 18cm, the one piece dagger is machined from solid steel, the blade is three sided and the handle is flat on oval shaped and also the pommel is oval shaped.
The sheath is in very good condition with wear commensurate with age. The stitching on the back is loose where the rear tab is, the tie string is present although this may be a post war addition to the sheath.
Overall a super rare item from the clandestine operations of WW2. The only other original one we have seen is in the Imperial War Museum in London. See link.

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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