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Monday, June 30, 2014

In February 1942, R. Bradley

Occasionally tinkerers get to engage their fantasy. In February 1942, R. Bradley,  a British Officer in the Royal artillery in
World War II was captured and then held prisoner by Japanese in Singapore. Their camp was remote, supplies were almost non-existent, and they were treated
roughly as POWs; when they rebelled they were locked in a confinement shed without food. But they were tinkerers, too.

Together with some other POWs in his
camp, Bradley stole hand tools from the Japanese soldiers and from these bits and pieces he transformed scrap metal into a miniature lathe. The small lathe was
ingenious. It was tiny enough to be kept a secret, big enough to be useful. It could be disassembled into pieces that could be tucked in a backpack and  moved
in the camp's many relocations. Since large pieces of metal were hard to acquire without notice, the tailstock of the lathe was two steel pieces dovetailed
together. The original bed plate was cut with a cold chisel.
And from that lathe they were able to build a duplicate key for the solitary confinement shed and a hidden battery source for a secret radio.

Meanwhile another group of British POWs managed to build a working radio receiver (and nearly a transmitter) in a Japanese camp:
    The plan was made to begin building the radio, so until we could build components, there was nothing much we could do. A look at the circuit diagram of a
regenerative receiver indicates a number of capacitors - about two or three are required -low capacitors to make the oscillating part of the system work, and in
fact from memory we needed in the grid circuit at least one ".01 microfarad" capacitor and there was no chance we could get this anywhere, or any other
components.
    So we hit upon the idea of taking some tin foil or aluminum foil from the lining of the tea chest from which the Japanese supplied with the rice rations,
then by the well known equations for calculating capacity and the relationship of the surface area and spacing of the plates, we built a capacitor or, at least,

I built a capacitor which according to calculations should have been about ".01 microfarad."
And finally were able to get news from the outside world:
    It was the BBC all right; it was quite a clear signal but it was somebody talking about growing hops in Kent. This broadcast went on for something like
three quarters of an hour without any interruption, but ultimately the signal faded out and I was very annoyed.
I was asked the next morning by my senior
officer what was the news, and I said "we've got good news; I can't talk here, come this way." So he came along and said "what's this news you're talking
about." I said I didn't actually hear any news, and he became very annoyed with me and said what the hell did I mean, and I said "if the British primary
producing experts are capable and able to spare the time to talk about growing hops in Kent, Britain must still be alive and floating with their thumbs up, and
as far as I'm concerned that's the best news I could hear!"