The Ghost Army…

When we remember the attack on Pearl Harbor, the surprise military strike by the Imperial Japanese Navy against the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii Territory, on the morning of December 7, 1941 that led to the United States’ entry into World War II, we honor those who fought and died in World War II. But how many of us are aware of the absolutely crucial 23rd Headquarters Special Troops Aka Ghost Army?

The Ghost Army was an Allied Army tactical deception unit during World War II. The 1,100-man unit was given a unique mission within the Allied Army: to impersonate other Allied Army units to deceive the enemy. From a few weeks after D-Day, when they landed in France, until the end of the war, they put on a “traveling road show” utilizing inflatable tanks, sound trucks, fake radio transmissions and pretense. They staged more than 20 battlefield deceptions, often operating very close to the front lines, risking their lives with no real practical way to fight back if discovered. They were very instrumental and crucial in the war effort. Their story was kept secret for more than 40 years after the war, and elements of it remain classified. Here are a couple of videos about these brave men.

– Michael Vincent – 

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