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.

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..

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