Noor Inayat Khan's Suitcase Radio


Noor Inayat Khan


Suitcase Radio


Auditory Mesmerism


Effects last for 20 minutes



Collected by

Warehouse 13







Date of Collection

9 April 1995


Origin[edit | edit source]

Noor-un-Nisa Inayat Khan (1914-1944) was an Indian princess, writer, musician, deeply-rooted pacifist, and British secret agent for during WWII. She served as the only radio operator in Nazi-occupied Paris for four months in 1943, dodging the Gestapo when the rest of her network was arrested in the first ten days of operation. Doing the crucial work of six radio operators, she was the only source of connection between agents in Paris and London. Khan relayed all of the spy activity in the region to the SEO, and lasted three times longer than any average operator. 

Khan was not the first choice for the British military - she was accused of being klutsy, scatterbrained, and of leaving her codebooks out in the open. Not to mention, her pacficism and refusal to lie made it difficult to recommend her to go out into the field. It was predominantly her radio skills and her ability to speak French that encouraged intelligence officers to send her to Paris. When all of her team was arrested, she refused extraction, and said she would rebuild the network herself.

Khan was caught in 1943 as she was leaving Paris, sold out by a double agent. She escaped mere hours afterwards, and was caught darting across the roof. Her second attempt at escape a month later was thwarted by a surprise British air raid. Afterward, she was chained and eventually transferred to the Dachau concentration camp, where she was executed after hours of beating.

Effects[edit | edit source]

Imbued with Khan's ability to solely preserve the SEO network in Paris and her signature heavy-handed tapping, using the radio creates a zone where all others who can hear the amplified tapping of the morse code become distracted from other tasks, focusing exclusively on the radio. 

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