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  1. How the Allies Beat Nazi Germany With a Board Game

    For Allied prisoners of war in World War II, getting a Monopoly set in a care package was a real treat. When they realized the board contained a map to freedom and forged currency hidden among the Monopoly money, the game took a different turn entirely. Historians have recently uncovered the story of Clayton Hutton, a British intelligence officer assigned to the impossible task of helping captured soldiers make great escapes. Hutton had the genius idea of concealing small escape tools — compasses, wire cutters and maps — in board games sent to POWs. Much more than an international pastime, during the war, Monopoly saved lives.

    Source: EuroGamer

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