The Ghost Army of World War II: How One Top-Secret Unit Deceived the Enemy with Inflatable Tanks, Sound Effects, and Other Audacious Fakery

Chronicle Books, 12.05.2015 - 257 Seiten
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The Ghost Army of World War II describes a perfect example of a little-known, highly imaginative, and daring maneuver that helped open the way for the final drive to Germany. It is a riveting tale told through personal accounts and sketches along the way—ultimately, a story of success against great odds. I enjoyed it enormously. – Tom Brokaw

In the summer of 1944, a handpicked group of young GIs—including such future luminaries as Bill Blass, Ellsworth Kelly, Arthur Singer, Victor Dowd, Art Kane, and Jack Masey—landed in France to conduct a secret mission. Armed with truckloads of inflatable tanks, a massive collection of sound-effects records, and more than a few tricks up their sleeves, their job was to create a traveling road show of deception on the battlefields of Europe, with the German Army as their audience.

From Normandy to the Rhine, the 1,100 men of the 23rd Headquarters Special Troops, known as the Ghost Army, conjured up phony convoys, phantom divisions, and make-believe headquarters to fool the enemy about the strength and location of American units. Between missions the artists filled their duffel bags with drawings and paintings and dragged them across Europe. Every move they made was top secret and their story was hushed up for decades after the war's end. The Ghost Army of World War II is the first publication to tell the full story of how a traveling road show of artists wielding imagination, paint, and bravado saved thousands of American lives.

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These weren’t the guys you’ve already heard about, setting up on the south coast of England. These units, the 23rd Headquarters Special Troops, began operations across the channel in Normandy and ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Nutzerbericht  - Razinha - LibraryThing

Wonderful book about a fantastic story. Hard to believe the Pentagon kept this classified until 1996. A page turner, if only for the photos, but Beyer and Sales also did a nice job with the narrative. Vollständige Rezension lesen


The Cecil B DeMille Warriors
Chapter 1 My Con Artists
Chapter 2 The Art Boys
Chapter 3 Men of Wile
Chapter 4 Journey into the Unknown
Chapter 5 When First We Practice to Deceive
Chapter 6 Special Effects
Chapter 7 Adolph You Son of A Bitch
Chapter 12 The Coldest Winter in Forty Years
Chapter 13 One Last Grand Deception
Chapter 14 A Toast to Freedom
Laudable and Glorious
Selected Postwar Biographies
Sources and Notes

Chapter 8 A Great Town
Chapter 9 One Bad Spot in My Line
Chapter 10 They Even Had Art Supplies
Chapter 11 All Their Heavy Hitters

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Über den Autor (2015)

Historian Rick Beyer is a best-selling author, award-winning filmmaker, and popular speaker. He wrote and directed the acclaimed documentary film The Ghost Army, which premiered on PBS in 2013.

Elizabeth Sayles is the award-winning, best-selling illustrator of more than twenty-five books for children. Her father, William Sayles, was a member of the Ghost Army, and she grew up listening to his war stories.

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