VIDEO: OPERATION BERNHARD PRINTING PLATE
This Atlas Obscura video features a printing plate from the infamous Operation Bernhard counterfeiting scheme. -Editor
When we think of World War II, we might think of bombers or tanks. But governments also looked for ways to defeat their enemies using espionage. When it came to crippling Great
Britain, Nazi Germany sought to eliminate Britain’s advantage of a relatively stable economy by flooding the country with fake currency.
Thus, Operation Bernhard was born. Over eight million forged notes of English currency were created during the war, but in 1945, when the Germans realized the futility of their
position, they attempted to destroy the printing plates. Only one plate survives today, and can be seen at the International Spy Museum in Washington D.C
To read the complete article, see:
The Spy Tactic That Almost Destroyed WWII Britain (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIBJ51ujSzg)
Wayne Homren, Editor
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