Nikolai Khokhlov was a Soviet war hero and agent selected for a dangerous mission: kill a Russian dissident in Frankfurt, West Germany. Khokhlov went to Frankfurt as ordered, but his actions there shocked his superiors in Moscow, and opened a new chapter in the Cold War.

During WWII, British technicians and engineers developed an incredible variety of weapons and gadgets at Station IX located on the grounds of the Frythe Estate near Welwyn, England. Here are five of the unique weapons they developed for use behind enemy lines.

Among intelligence agencies and clandestine organizations, the High Standard Model HD Military Silencer (MS) is the standard for suppressed pistols by which all others are judged. First adopted in 1944, the pistol remained in the inventory of the CIA as late as the 1990s and possibly beyond.

A James Bond film wouldn’t be complete without a flashy sports car loaded with hidden weapons and gadgets. Although the real world of spycraft features very few high-speed car chases, there’s no question that espionage occasionally requires unique forms of transportation.

Female spies, saboteurs, and double agents have left their mark on history for centuries. Often overlooked or underestimated, they have proven every bit the equal of their male counterparts time and time again. Here are nine of the most famous women from the world of spycraft.

Arguably the most famous Russian assassination-by-poisoning occurred on November 1st 2006, when Alexander Litvinenko, a former member of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) suddenly fell ill after a meeting in London with some of his old comrades.