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Allied Military Authority currency, 5 francs, for use in France, owned by a US soldier

Object | Accession Number: 1992.122.10

Allied Military Authority currency, 5 francs, for use in France owned by and likely issued to Harold Burdette Conlan, a soldier in 701st D Company, US Army. This type of scrip was printed by the British and Americans for the June 1944 D-Day invasion and after. Military currency or occupation money was produced for use by military personnel in occupied territories. Conlan's unit was in Germany in early April 1945 and assisted in the liberation of Buchenwald concentration camp which was discovered by troops from the 6th Army on April 11, 1945. Starving prisoners had already seized control of the camp after the Germans began evacuations. Other US Army units soon arrived to help care for the over 20,000 ill and malnourished prisoners and restore order and sanitary conditions. The war ended with Germany's surrender on May 7, 1945.

issue:  1944
Exchange Media
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Ruth Conlan
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 18:21:47
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