India POW Camp Bhopal Type 1

Bhopal Annas

The British established POW camps in India in 1941 as a result of the large number of POWs captured during the North Africa campaign.  Over 100,000 POWs were transfered to camps in India which held Italian and Japanese POWs and German, Japanese, and Italian civilian internees.  Some Indian political prisoners were also held in the camps.  Ten of the camps were known to have issued currency.  There were two major types of notes issued.  Type one notes have a 6 mm bar on the left side of the note and type two notes do not.  A third type of note was printed for the Central Internment Camp and Ramgarh.  The notes are printed alike with the name of the camp over printed or over stamped.  Bhopal issues are found in denominations of 1, 2, 4, and 8 annas and 1, 2, 5, and 10 rupees.

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