MAPMONOPOLY ANYONE?

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By Scotty DanielGuest Columnist

You’ll never look at the game the same way again! Starting in 1941, an increasing number of British Airmen found them selves as involuntary guests of the Third Reich, and the Crown was looking about for ways to facilitate their escape. Obviously, one of the most helpful aids to that end is a useful and accurate map, one showing not only where things were, but also showing the locations of “safe houses” where a POW on-the-lam could find food, shelter and assistance in transit. Paper maps had some real drawbacks

.... they make a lot of noise when you open and fold them, they wear out rapidly, and if they get wet, they turn into mush. Someone in Ml-5, (Military Intelligence) got the idea of printing escape maps on silk. It’s durable, can be scrunched-up into tiny wads and unfolded as many times as needed, and makes no noise.

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