The American Ghost Army of World War II

The American Ghost Army of World War II
One trick they used was projecting the 
recorded sounds of military vehicles 
through 500-pound speakers.

Rick Beyer is putting the finishing touches on a documentary about the deceptive tactics of the American military’s "Ghost Army" in World War II.

McGlynn was among approximately 1,100 American GIs who inflatable rubber tanks, sound effects, impersonations, scripted radio transmissions, and other trickery to mislead the Germans about the size, strength, and location of American units in World War II. Beginning shortly after D-day, the troops conducted more than 20 clandestine operations through the end of the war.

The hand-picked soldiers included artists, set designers, engineers, and radio operators. In addition to sketching and painting from Normandy to the Rhine River, many achieved post-war fame, among them fashion designer Bill Blass, sculptor and minimalist painter Ellsworth Kelly, bird artist Arthur Singer, and photographer Art Kane. Others would go on to careers in illustration, design, advertising, and law.

He still needs a bit more money to finish his film. I knew about the some of the deceptive tactics of the British army, but not much about these guys. To find out more info or help him out by donating, go to his web site: The Ghost Army, a Documentary by Rick Beyer>>

Ghost Army documentary opening sequence


Read more:
Telling the untold tale of soldiers practiced in the art of deception, The Boston Globe>>

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