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C LAYTO N H U TTO N "One of the most remarkable figures in the secret background of the war.' NEW STATESMAN


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Official Secret by CLAYTON HUTTON Major Clayton Hutton was "one of the most remarkable figures in the secret background of the war" (New; Statesman). Audacious and resourceful, his was the brain behind the invention, design, and production of escape aids. The extraordinary story of his wartime operations has been "top secret." It is told here for the first time. Clayton Hutton had always been interested in magicians, illusionists, and in particular, escapologists. This hobby— which had once led him to challenge Houdini to a battle of wits—enabled him to serve his country in remarkable ways. It was he who designed fret-saws that could be hidden in lead pencils; silk maps of Euiope so thin they could be concealed in a playing card; cigarette holders that were really high-powered telescopes. Hutton had no time for red tape, and no respect for it. When he needed something he got it. His unorthodox methods were a continual surprise to his su(continued on back flap) Jacket design by WILLIAM METZIG


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"Clutty" and some of his "toys," which were to become known as invaluable escape-aids for British prisoners-of-war.


OFFICIAL SECRET THE REMARKABLE STORY OF ESCAPE AIDS THEIR INVENTION, PRODUCTION AND THE SEQUEL

CLAYTON HUTTON

CROWN PUBLISHERS, INC. • NEW YORK


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Contents

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Room 424

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Silk Squares and Mulberry Leaves

15

3

'Swinging' in the Old Kent Road

36

4

Food for Fliers

46

5

Talking of Boots . . .

59

6

On llkley Moor

70

7

Operation Post-Box

84

8

'F' for Freddie

97

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All in the Day's Work

115

Meditations Among the Tombs

129

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11 The Other Side

145

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Baby-Face and the Contortionist

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Bottom Secret: Act One

176

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Bottom Secret: Act Two

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Bottom Secret: Act Three

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