Get Out of Jail Free: Monopoly Escape Kits in World War II

In an effort to aid allied POWs who were captured in occupied Europe, the British War Office worked with a select group of Waddington staffers and modified Monopoly boards to include escape tools. Once smuggled into the German camps, the game boards provided POWs with silk maps, files, and compasses. The following Prezi tells the story of Christopher Clayton Hutton and his role in M19, a branch of the British secret service responsible for escape and evasion. Under his direction, Monopoly became more than a game – it symbolized freedom and reassured allied prisoners that people on the home front were working to help them.