A German ABWEHR Model SE 109/3 spy radio. German, 1943.

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Lot 1238
A German ABWEHR Model SE 109/3 spy radio.
German, 1943.

Sold for US$ 12,500 inc. premium
A German ABWEHR Model SE 109/3 spy radio.
German, 1943. A German espionage transmitter/receiver, model SE 109/3, the left two thirds housing the receiver, the remaining third the transmitter, the controls similarly divided, 3 black metal DF11 valves, the whole housed in a tin case, with stamped lettering of control functions in English (to prevent detection)on the removable lid, with morse key at front, and a period German earphone set, but without the power supply lead. Contained in a period small card suitcase. Radio 140 x 200 x 60 mm, the case slightly larger. light wear, some damp corrosion on base.

A rare example of a German spy radio, the SE 109/3. this radio was developed in 1942 by OKW Aussenstelle Wurzen (Supreme Command of the Armed Forces), for use by German Security Service, the ABWEHR. It went into production in 1943, and 500 sets were built during the war. After the War, many of them fell into the hands of radio amateurs, but in 1946 the Americans established a new German Intelligence Agency, the OG, which developed as the Cold War started, and they recruited old ABWEHR personnel to reactivate agents behind the Iron Curtain. The OG urgently needed radio sets and tried to buy back as many of the SE 109/3 sets they could find, and for this reason the SE 109/3 is particularly hard to find. In 1953 a new radio, the 12WG, succeeded the SE 109/3. This example was discovered in the 1970s in a house near Laon, in North Eastern France, a "safe house" formerly used by the Resistance and SOE, and appears to have been captured from the Germans and used against them in the later years of the War.
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