Historian Rick Beyer recently joined host Shane Harris on the Chatter Podcast to discuss the top secret World War II unit, the Ghost Army. December marks the 80th anniversary of the order that created the unit. Harris, a National Security Correspondent for The Washington Post, and Rick talked about the Ghost Army’s creation, its success, and the role of the unit in the storied history of intelligence deceptions.
Rick, who leads the Ghost Army of WWII: Secret War Tour, co-authored The Ghost Army of WWII and produced and directed the award-winning PBS documentary The Ghost Army.
As noted on the Chatter Podcast website about the episode:
“In the summer of 1944, a group of artists, visual designers and sound engineers–all of them GIs–began a series of secret operations in occupied France. Their mission: to deceive German forces about the location and size of U.S. military units, using a combination of inflatable vehicles, sound recordings, and “actors” posing as officers.
The ranks of the “Ghost Army” included future stars of the worlds of art and design, including Ellsworth Kelly, Bill Blass, Arthur Singer, Victor Dowd, Art Kane, and Jack Masey.”