Secret Cold War Gadgets | Summary and Q&A

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Secret Cold War Gadgets

TL;DR

The Cold War was a time of espionage where spies utilized highly disguised and portable gadgets, some of which were deadly.

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Q: How was the Bulgarian umbrella used in an assassination?

The Bulgarian umbrella had a hidden pneumatic device that could inject a small poisonous pellet, and it was allegedly used in the assassination of Bulgarian dissident writer Georgi Markov in London in 1978.

Q: What was the purpose of the heel transmitter in spy shoes?

The KGB installed microphones and transmitters in the heels of shoes to broadcast conversations containing sensitive information to a nearby monitoring station. It was activated by pulling a pin out of the hollowed-out heel.

Q: How does the glove pistol work?

The glove pistol, originally invented in World War II, is activated when the user makes a fist, firing a bullet when the target is punched. It was a concealed assassination weapon used by the KGB.

Q: What was the function of the disappearing inked pen?

Invisible ink pens were used by spies to write secret messages. The message would disappear over a few hours, ensuring that if the letter fell into the wrong hands, the evidence would already be gone.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • The Bulgarian umbrella was a weapon with a hidden pneumatic device that could inject a small poisonous pellet into the victim, allegedly used in an assassination.

  • Spies used shoe heels with microphones and transmitters to broadcast conversations containing sensitive information to a monitoring station.

  • The glove pistol, lipstick gun, Minox spy camera, disappearing inked pen, and hollowed-out coin were other gadgets used by spies during the Cold War.

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