A good working example of the scarce RAF escape & evasion compass aid, concealed within a standard issue battle dress blouse waist buckle.
Perhaps one of the most ingenious yet complicated escape aids, this compass could be concealed on the uniform blouse and assembled when needed.
Sliding the metal sleeve to one side would allow the small compass pointer to drop out, on flicking up the needle point the bar would point north when placed on top of the needle.
This example functions exactly as it should and is an attractive example. There is one very small mark to the buckle bar and some overall verdigris.
These buckles were developed by Clayton Hutton and his team at MI9 and are scarcely encountered.
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