Distribution of Operation Bernhard Notes

Volkher von Lengeling is the grandson of Egon Lengeling (pictured left, courtesy of Volkher von Lengeling), who was part of the distribution network of Operation Bernhard notes, and later became involved with the German resistance to Nazism. Von Lengeling is author of “The distribution of fake British pounds in the biggest money counterfeiting scheme in history,” an academic article published in 2022 about the distribution network his grandfather was part of.

Von Lengeling is featured in the Afterword of Forging Secrets: Faces and Facts Inside the Nazi Operation Bernhard Scheme. (Find out more on page 242 of the hardcover book or read a PDF version here.)

Below, you can read an excerpt of his article and take a closer look at the chart he created illustrating the distribution network.

 

 

Distribution Network Chart

From page 242 of Forging Secrets, courtesy of Volkher von Lengeling: “The distribution network of Operation Bernhard. Persons are depicted as oval nodes, rounded rectangles represent groups or sections, and the applications of fake pounds are shown with hexagonal nodes. Lines between nodes denote relationships.” (click image to see full size.)

 

 

 

Excerpt from, “The distribution of fake British pounds in the biggest money counterfeiting scheme in history,” by Volkher von Lengeling.

Von Lengeling_Distribution of Bern. Notes Article Excerpt (for website)