The Ghost Army Trailer - The 23rd were, essentially, the Trojan Horse builders of World War II. Except that their wooden horses took the form of inflatable tanks. And rubber airplanes. And elaborate costumes. And radio codes. And speakers that blared pre-recorded soundtracks into the forests of France.
The Ghost Army was a unit of eleven hundred men hand-picked from New York and Philadelphia art schools and given a unique mission: to impersonate U.S. Army units to deceive the enemy. From a few weeks after D-Day, they put on a "travelling road show" in France with inflatable tanks and fake radio transmissions. Here's a photo of three ghost soldiers with a 500-pound speaker, playing the sounds of an army on the move that could be heard twenty kilometres away.
15 Sep 45: The 23rd Headquarters Special Troops, now better known as the "Ghost Army" tactical deception unit, is deactivated. The 1,100-man unit had been given a unique mission within the Army to impersonate other US Army units to deceive the enemy with a traveling road show of inflatable tanks, sound trucks, phony radio transmissions and playacting. More: http://scanningwwii.com/a?d=0915&s=450915 #WWII