Ghost Army

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Wartime subterfuge is as old as the Trojan Horse. But during World War II, the Army created a top-secret troop of artists called the Ghost Army to use fake arsenals, sound effects and other sleights of hand to trick the Germans. One of the artists in the troop, George Vander Sluis, spent time teaching at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center in the 1940s. This segment was produced as part of the military edition of Western Skies, you can experience the entire show by clicking HERE.

The Ghost Army is also the subject of a documentary of the same name by filmmaker and author Rick Beyer (quoted in the story above). The film is due to be completed later this year and you can watch a trailer below or visit his website at


One Response to The Ghost Army and Local Artist George Vander Sluis

  1. Ellen Troyer says:

    Thank you KRCC for introducing this most interesting video clip. I look forward to the film.


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