Hello, I have been on forum a few months now and cannot find any threads relating to escape aids so I thougt I'd post a few from my collection. The 'Zones of France' escape maps (the first made of fine linen and the second silk) were issued to airborne troops (amongst others) on the run up to D-Day. Although referred to as silk escape maps the maps are made from a variety of materials and all of mine have a different 'feel' or texture. Two of the maps I own are made from mulberry leaf which have a tissue paper like feel, although they are meant to be relatively rip and water proof (I haven't tried to find out!).
I have a variety of escape or button compasses. I have photographed the standard 'button' compass next to the very small escape compass that would have been secreted within a pen or pipe. Also shown are the lapel compass which would have been sewn into the clothing, razor blade compass (basically a magnatized razor blade where the war arrow points north) and a fly button compass (This is RAF issue as it is black, the fly button compass issued to airborne troops was grey - Leo HEAPS mentions using this sort of compass in his book 'The grey goose at Arnhem').
Finally I have included some pictures of my SOE sticker, a metal stick which could be hidden inside pencils, amongst other things. There should be a fine cord (which I don't have) wrapped around the end to form a grip or allow it to be tied to the pencil as a handle. For such a small piece of metal it's a nasty looking thing and I wouldn't want to be on the receiving end of it.
I would be interested in seeing other members escape items (and stories as to whether any of it was used!)
(I apologise for the order of the pictures - my computer has a mind of its own)