Ghost Army

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

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.

The Ghost Army is also the subject of a forthcoming documentary of the same name by filmmaker and author Rick Beyer (quoted in the story above). You can watch a trailer below or visit his website at ghostarmy.com.

 

One Response to Of Art and War

  1. Mike Procell says:

    Wow! Did not know this.
    We should have more fake wars..

News

September 30, 2014 | NPR · The four men were between the ages of 18 and 28 and stole games before they were released. They also stole Apache helicopter simulator software developed by a video game manufacturer.
 

AP
September 30, 2014 | NPR · Gov. Jerry Brown has signed SB 270, the first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags in the U.S. It requires a 10-cent fee for the use of compostable or paper bags.
 

YouTube
September 30, 2014 | NPR · The two vessels, one flagged in Germany and the other in Singapore, come together after one appears to lose rudder control.
 

Arts & Life

September 30, 2014 | NPR · Matt Bai says that while voters have always cared about candidates’ characters, some news used to be off limits. His new book looks at Gary Hart’s 1987 affair that destroyed his political ambitions.
 

ABC
September 30, 2014 | NPR · ABC’s new comedy Selfie doesn’t have a good pilot. It has half of a decent pilot, however, and it has intriguing signs that inside of it, trapped under the dumb parts, there might be a good show.
 

Twentieth Century Fox
September 30, 2014 | NPR · If you’ve already read Gone Girl, or if you don’t mind swimming in a sea of spoilers, we’ve got a few thoughts that require giving up some of the book’s bigger secrets.
 

Music

Courtesy of the artists
September 30, 2014 | NPR · On this week’s All Songs: We share great new electronic music from Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross’ unsettling Gone Girl soundtrack, Thom Yorke and Aphex Twin, plus new music from Robert Plant and more.
 

Courtesy of the artist
September 30, 2014 | WXPN · The decorated jazz veteran, now 79, sounds younger than ever on his new album, In The Mood.
 

Mountain Stage
September 30, 2014 | NPR · The band’s latest album is based on singer Alynda Lee Segarra’s time living in New Orleans.
 

Get the KRCC iPhone App

The Writer's Almanac

Radiolab