TOPIC: WWII Deception – The Ghost Army and Operation Fortitude
What you will learn: Two brilliant deceptions helped win the war in Europe: Operation Fortitude, a British plan to mislead the Germans about D-Day – and – the Ghost Army, an American unit that duped the Germans right on the battlefield starting a week AFTER D-Day. Many assume they are one in the same. In fact, they are completely different. Yet, there are fascinating connections. This webinar with Stephen Ambrose historian Rick Beyer details the links between the two, and explores why both are closely associated with General George Patton – but for very different reasons.
DATE: Tuesday, July 24, 2018 at 11:00 am CT/12:00pm ET
ABOUT RICK BEYER:
Rick Beyer is an award winning documentary filmmaker, New York Times best-selling author, and long-time history enthusiast. His most recent book, Rivals Unto Death, explores the intricate thirty-year rivalry between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr.
Rick has been researching the Ghost Army for more than a dozen years, and has led our Ghost Army Tour since 2014. He produced and directed the award-winning PBS documentary The Ghost Army, and co-wrote (with Liz Sayles) of The Ghost Army of World War II. The book is now being developed as a Hollywood movie by the producers of American Sniper.
Over the last 20 years Rick has made numerous history documentaries for The History Channel, National Geographic, the Smithsonian Institution, and others. He is the author of The Greatest Stories Never Told series. He has shared his unique take on history with audiences around the country and appeared on CBS News, Fox News, NPR, CNN and elsewhere.
TRAVEL WITH RICK BEYER THIS FALL!
Rick Beyer will be leading the Ghost Army of WWII: Secret War Tour September 16-29, 2018 on a route that closely follows our D-Day to the Rhine Tour (two tours in one!), to offer a wider context for the story of these heroes.
On this year’s tour, Rick and his guests will be dedicating a Ghost Army historical marker in Bettembourg, Luxembourg on the EXACT spot where the 23rd Headquarters Special Troops impersonated the 6th Armored during Operation Bettembourg in September 1944. The American ambassador, reenactors, and other officials will be joining us as we honor these heroes. Travel this fall to be a part of this extraordinary event!