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MONOPOLY: PRISONERS OF WAR EDITION (1941)

A letter from MI9 to Monopoly publisher Waddingtons.

There are few households that don’t own a copy of Monopoly and its popularity is exactly what led to it being used by the British Military Intelligence (MI9) as a tool to help prisoners of war escape during the Second World War. Approximately 35,000 British and Allied servicemen escaped from prisoner of war camps in Nazi-occupied Europe and roughly half of this number did so using secret ‘escape and evasion’ maps.

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