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Military Intelligence Branch 9

This series of images has been inspired by Christopher Clayton Hutton's WWII silk escape maps. The maps were concealed within monopoly boards and sent into prisoner of war camps by fake charities.

The guards recognized that if the prisoners were allowed some diversions they would be less troublesome and less likely to try and escape so games were accepted as part of care packages.

The concealed maps were printed on silk in order to be silent, lightweight and strong. They helped hundreds to escape and went undetected by German troops.

The secrets of the monopoly boards were officially declassified by the British Government in 2007.