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#1 PsyWar.Org


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Posted 17 February 2012 - 09:30 AM

Latest release of MI5 files today has a report on the German counterfeiting of British banknotes, known as Operation Bernard.

BBC News - Nazi forged bank notes hit sterling confidence, MI5 files show

The story is fairly well known and was even made into the film 'The Counterfeiters' in 2007 and a parody of the operation was shown in the excellent 1980's BBC comedy series 'Private Schultz'.

What is less well known is that British postage stamps were also parodied. Some more details in this article: HTTP Error 403 (see page 4).


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Posted 17 February 2012 - 12:53 PM


They were produced quite locally to me at Sachsenhausen Concentration camp, which is about 1 hours drive away.

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Posted 17 February 2012 - 09:21 PM

I think there is a thread on here about the film (can't remember the name but it was quite good) or the subject in general.
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Posted 16 March 2012 - 03:51 PM

I thought it was a really good movie. In German it is called "Die Fälscher".
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Posted 16 March 2012 - 05:59 PM

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Posted 16 March 2012 - 08:35 PM

SS Sturmbannfuhrer Alfred Naujocks of the SD was the man whose role was manage the project of flooding Britain with £5 counterfeit bank notes to undermine the currency.The large white £5 notes were still circulation until the 1950s and would represent more than the average wage for the working man at the start of the war.

It was Naujocks,regarded as Heydrich's murder squad leader who initiated Heydrich's plan for the outbreak of war against Poland by the fake attack on the Gleiwitz radio installation by his Polish uniformed SS force.He made the incident look genuine for propaganda purposes by the provision of a murdered Polish citizen and used murdered Sachsenhausen inmates dressed in Polish uniforms as a backdrop to the incident.

Later in early November 1939,Naujocks and his SS troop were involved in the kidnapping of SIS agents Payne Best and Stevens on the Dutch border at Venlo after British intelligence had been hoodwinked that a supposed disaffected Wehrmacht general was wishing to contact British Intelligence.The ploy was Heydrich's,executed by his deputy, Schellenberg, which was successful for the Germans and provided the platform for a Hitler accusation that the British were behind the attempt by Georg Elser to assassinate him.

Naujocks suvived the war to reveal his involvement at the Nuremberg trials.Schellenberg survived the war and was also able to testify of his involvement in happenings on the Dutch border at Venlo.Surprisingly,Schellenberg paid little in loss of freedom for his career in the SS,being imprisoned for as little as 6 years but died relatively young in 1952.Thought to have a lenient sentence imposed on him on account of his attempts to get Himmler to negotiate with Count Bernadotte to end the war.

It was Schellenberg, who in 1940 was charged with drawing up the list of those 2300 prominent British citizens who would be taken into protective custody on aGerman victory.
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