Word War II, just like the other wars, produced so many plans and operations. Some were successful, others failed, and some did not commence because they sounded insanely impossible, unrealistic, too risky, or probably deemed unnecessary. There were also those that were carried out but did nothing except waste time and resources. Here are some of those lesser-known and never-realized plans during the Second World War.

Operation Bernhard, the Nazi’s Mission to Fake British Money

By 1939, SS Major Bernhard Kruger, the leader of an SS department that worked on falsifying passports and some other legal diplomatic documents, formulated a plan to sabotage the British Empire and the United State’s economies. With the help of SS officer Alfred Naujocks, they decided to produce fake currency, too, as part of the wartime intelligence campaign. Kruger organized a top-secret printing operation in one of the concentration camps, the Sachsenhausen. There, he forced Jewish prisoners with printing and engraving skills to work on his plan.

SS Major Bernhard Kruger in Postwar British Captivity. (British Military, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons)

Operation Bernhard forged more than a million pounds in fake banknotes. They were able to use this money to pay spies all over the world, as well as other transactions that involved foreign governments like Italy. However, they were not really able to influence the British or the American economy. When the war was coming to an end, all of the remaining fake currency was thrown into Lake Toplits in Austria, where it was soon discovered in 1959.

Operation Tannenbaum, Nazis’ Plan to Invade Switzerland

It’s fairly easy to say the Fuhrer did not adore Switzerland at all. In 1941, he told Mussolini,