The Ghost Army of World War II

The Ghost Army of World War II

How One Top-Secret Unit Deceived the Enemy With Inflatable Tanks, Sound Effects, and Other Audacious Fakery

Book - 2015
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A cultural history/visual culture book featuring the story, photos, ephemera, and art of The Ghost Army, a World War II deception unit, which used inflatable tanks and other illusions to mislead the Germans on the battlefields of Europe. The Army recruited artists to create these illusions; in private moments, they painted and sketched their way across Europe, creating a unique visual record of the war.
Publisher: New York :, Princeton Architectural Press,, [2015]
ISBN: 9781616893187
1616893184
Characteristics: 253 pages : illustrations, maps ; 26 cm.
Additional Contributors: Sayles, Elizabeth - Author
Contents: My con artists
The art boys
Men of wile
Journey into the unknown
When first we practice to deceive
Special effects
"Adolph, you son of a bitch"
A great town
One bad spot in my line
They even had art supplies
All their heavy hitters
The coldest winter in forty years
One last grand deception
A toast to freedom.
Summary: A cultural history/visual culture book featuring the story, photos, ephemera, and art of The Ghost Army, a World War II deception unit, which used inflatable tanks and other illusions to mislead the Germans on the battlefields of Europe. The Army recruited artists to create these illusions; in private moments, they painted and sketched their way across Europe, creating a unique visual record of the war.

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