During WWII, US Army planners set out to create a top-secret unit capable of conning the Germans on the battlefields of Europe. The 23rd Headquarters Special Troops, aka The Ghost Army, used illusion and trickery to impersonate actual fighting units on or near the front. Here are eight Intriguing Items American Ghosts Used to Haunt the Nazis.
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This Q&A with historian Rick Beyer about the fascinating 23rd Headquarters Special Troops, also known as The Ghost Army of WWII, was originally published in Unbeige. The magazine takes “a colorful look at art, design, and visual culture,” oddly a good fit for an interview about this top secret U.S. Army unit that had a surprising number of the artists serving, including fashion designer, Bill Blass, and Ellsworth Kelly, a celebrated minimalist painter.
Our historian for the Ghost Army Tour, Rick Beyer, had an op-ed published in the Chicago Sun-Times about legislation that has been introduced in Congress to award the men of the Ghost Army a Congressional Gold Medal. The soldiers of The Ghost Army used inflatable tanks, sound effects, and imagination to fool the Germans on …
Historian Rick Beyer, who produced and directed the award-winning PBS documentary The Ghost Army, and co-wrote (with Liz Sayles) The Ghost Army of World War II shares “Ten Little Known Facts about the 23rd Headquarters Special Troops (AKA the Ghost Army).”