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That team cranked out perfect counterfeit identification documents for spies in occupied Europe. They were housed in Briggens House, a mansion near Harlow. They created over , passports, ration cards, and foreign currency notes for resistance fighters working to overthrow their Nazi occupiers. Initially, the group consisted of three Polish resistance fighters. Soon, though, Morton Bisset joined them. Bisset was a Scottish printer who encouraged others to join. By the end of the year, they had a staff of 50 people.
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By Michael Havis For Mailonline. The incredible story of how a team of forgers working out of an Essex country house provided perfect counterfeit identity documents to spies fighting the Nazis throughout wartime Europe has been revealed for the first time. A crack team of counterfeiters including Scotland Yard handwriting experts, resistance fighters and expert printers were drafted in from onwards as part of Churchill's Special Operations Executive SOE , dubbed the 'Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare'. Working out of Briggens House, a country mansion near Harlow, they created more than , fake passports, ration cards and foreign currency notes to help underground fighters in Nazi-occupied Europe during the Second World War. An elite team of forgers operating in wartime Britain produced thousands of counterfeit identity documents for spies and underground resistance fighters throughout Europe. The team got so good they even produced a fake passport for Hitler.
Initially Briggens was established to train Poland's elite fighting force, the equivalent of Britain's SAS, they had escaped from Poland and made it to Britain. Here they were taught to command men, to parachute, to fight hand to hand and to carry out acts of sabotage. In complete contrast there was a mainly British contingent specially chosen for amazing printing skills to deceive the enemy by producing a multitude of counterfeit documents and miniature and microphotography techniques. Central to both groups were the women of FANY who provided the cooking, laundry, transport and counselling. These are their moving human stories of bravery, courage, skill, tragedy and humour. Advanced search.