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The Ghost Army (2013)

During World War II, a hand-picked group of American GI's undertook a bizarre mission: create a traveling road show of deception on the battlefields of Europe, with the German Army as their... See full summary »




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The US military forms a squadron of unconventional recruits during World War II to trick the German army into thinking there were outposts and bases where there were only mannequins, props and inflatable tanks.



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During World War II, a hand-picked group of American GI's undertook a bizarre mission: create a traveling road show of deception on the battlefields of Europe, with the German Army as their audience. The 23rd Headquarters Special Troops used inflatable rubber tanks, sound trucks, and dazzling performance art to bluff the enemy again and again, often right along the front lines. Many of the men picked to carry out these dangerous deception missions were artists. Some went on to become famous, including fashion designer Bill Blass. In their spare time, they painted and sketched their way across Europe, creating a unique and moving visual record of their war. Their secret mission was kept hushed up for nearly 50 years after the war's end. Written by Rick Beyer

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Illusion was their ultimate weapon


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7 March 2013 (USA)  »

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$240,000 (estimated)

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One of the neatest WWII documentaries you can find.
17 January 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"The Ghost Army" is a very exciting and weird WWII documentary. Although I turned it on Netflix very, very late at night, my wife and I couldn't stop watching until the film was over...at this was long after 3am! It's the story of a unit that is seldom talked about in other films--the 23rd Headquarters Special Troops. The name gives no indication of their purpose--which was to deliberately confuse and trick the Germans. So, instead of killing the enemy, their job was to spread disinformation to aid the Allied war effort. Using fake radio broadcasts, loud recordings of troops who really were not there and inflatable tanks and trucks, the unit was able to convince the enemy that troops were concentrated where they actually weren't, that the D-Day attack was about to occur at a different location and saved thousands of lives. See this film and you'll understand why it's so interesting...but it is. It's a well written and fascinating film throughout.

By the way, one reviewer said that this story would make a terrific film and I would agree. With films like "Monuments Men" talking about other previously unsung Allied contributions, why not one about these tricksters?

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