Stink bombs and itching powder


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Military Illustrated - Past and Present
Vol. 180 (May 2003), p. 32-39


SOE meant Special Operations Executive and was Britain's dirty tricks department in WW2 - charged with secret operations against the enemy in Nazi occupied Europe. In an extract from his book 'SOE - The scientific secrets' (Sutton, L19.99), Frederick Boyce shows how its scientists considered substances from itching powder to powerful laxatives as ways of undermining the enemy