WAR TIME GAMES.

WW II Monopoly set, note the cardboard playing pieces set in wood and the dice replaced by a cardboard spinner instead of dice as metal and dice materials were being used in the war effort. Monopoly also played a part in the war effort, as part of the Geneva Convention Germany allowed groups like the Red Cross to distribute care packages to prisoners, included in those packages was "games and pastimes." So the Allies sent packages to their POWs that included escape kits tools like compasses, metal files, money, and maps. They disguised those kits as Monopoly games. The compasses and files were disguised as playing pieces. The money, in the form of French, German, and Italian bank notes? Hidden below the Monopoly money. The silk maps were Concealed within the board itself. Before leaving on a mission, Royal Air Force airmen were told that, if they happened to be captured, they should look for Monopoly games in the "care packages" sent to them and for the escape maps and kits that were hidden in them. The "special edition" Monopoly sets would be designated with a red dot on the Free Parking space. Unfortunately from the collectors point of view the soldiers and Airmen were told to destroy the games in order to keep the secret from the Axis, so its unlikely we would find one of the special sets today.

The Ranks to Field Marshall First World War board game with portraits of George V and Field Marshals French and Kitchener. Circa 1914 its missing its box and sixteen counters so I have used two pictures from the Imperial War Museum of the counters and box lid.

Convoy WW2 card game c.1940 50 cards in box including instructions, compass and score cards. Players take it in turns to run wartime naval convoys. The players are chosen at the beginning of the game by spinning the 'Compass' card. The other players try to stop the convoy getting through by collecting other cards, mines, torpedoes, submarines etc.

Victory card game, all the cards are there including the instructions it must have been made pre May 10, 1940 as it shows Neville Chamberlain as Prime Minister and Winston Churchill first sea lord, the object of the game is the first one to get 125 points, six cards are dealt to each player, players examine their cards and may discard one to four cards the dealer then replaces the discarded cards then each player picks a card from the pack and discards one in turn until one player declares if he has a 6 cards in compleat sequence of the same service or any two sets of three cards or a sequence of five cards, then the points on the cards are added up or in the case of player holding one of the German penalty cards points taken away.

Spotto, a game played like Bingo but it also had a serious side to it as a educational tool for the Royal Observer Corps and Home Guard etc. There are ten plying cards with Air Craft silhouettes, only four are shown, the counters are missing but I am hoping to recreate them.

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