MONEY: Second Sicilian Invasion

Four months ago certain U.S. and British officials met in deepest secrecy to discuss one prime necessity for any invasion of the continent—invasion currency. Since retreating armies usually destroy currency, to disrupt the civilian economy and hinder occupying forces, the officials knew that Allied invasion forces must bring their own currency in.

Once planned, the Anglo-American money was made by the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing. To guard the secret, the bills (issued in eight denominations from 1 to 1,000) were printed only with the legend "Allied Military Currency" on one...

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