The bomb maker
Research is important in this game, a man has to delve deep then have it confirmed .. get the Provenance into good shape.
So I sent off an email to BD, the Mulga Man.
Hello Byron, I hope you are well.
Would the tools found in SM’s suitcase be suitable for making a small improvised explosive device?
That was fifteen minutes ago … so while I’m waiting for the old lad to get back to me I thought I’d give a theory a shot, particularly with PeteD’s recent work concerning the wartime alliance between Irgun and the IRA.
If a man’s job was to build a small explosive device from, say, a stick of dynamite lifted from a building site, would he carry his own tools? Would he risk it?
Say he did. And say this is how he did it.
Slits open the stick of dynamite with a knife.
Brushes the black powder out and onto a small sheet of zinc,
then funnels the powder into a bottle.
Leaving only the wick to construct,
which he trims with scissors.
Or he may have been a 3rd officer, responsible for marking a ship’s cargo.