Monopoly at war

According to the WSJ, MI9 supplied doctored Monopoly sets to British prisoners of war.

In 1941 the British manufacturers, John Waddington Ltd, were asked to create sets which:
– included metal files and compasses as well as the usual place markers
– had hidden silk escape maps
– included real currency amongst the fake money.

A good example of a simulation having a role in the real world.

Incidentally Ive always liked the story that the MD of John Waddincton Ltd sent his son and his secretary down from Leeds to London for a day, to select the place names used in the UK version. Their slightly eccentric choices have become famous to millions.

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