Lavendon Village History Group
Monday, 18th March 2019 at 2.00 pm
Lavendon Village Hall, 22 High Street, Lavendon, Olney MK46 4HA
Operation Bernhard was the code name of a secret Nazi plan devised during the Second World War by the Reich Main Security Office and the SS to destabilise the British economy by flooding the country with forged Bank of England £5, £10, £20, and £50 notes. It was the largest counterfeiting operation in history.
Steve Dimmer takes you through the setting up of the operation and the problems the Germans forgers had to overcome. He examines the consequences of what such a tactic would have had upon wartime Britain and explores what the forged money was actually used for and some of the theories about what happened to the £134 million of counterfeit notes.