Secret Soldiers: How the U.S. Twenty-Third Special Troops Fooled the Nazis

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Secret Soldiers: How the U.S. Twenty-Third Special Troops Fooled the Nazis

by Paul B. Janeczko

First Release:

August 2019

ISBN: 9780763681531

In his third book about deception during war, Paul B. Janeczko focuses his lens on World War II and the operations carried out by the Twenty-Third Headquarters Special Troops, aka the Ghost Army. This remarkable unit included actors, camouflage experts, sound engineers, painters, and set designers who used their skills to secretly and systematically replace fighting units --fooling the Nazi army into believing what their eyes and ears told them, even though the sights and sounds of tanks and war machines and troops were entirely fabricated. Follow the Twenty-Third into Europe as they play a dangerous game of enticing the German army into making battlefield mistakes by using sonic deceptions, inflatable tanks, pyrotechnics, and camouflage in more than twenty operations. From the Normandy invasion to the crossing of the Rhine River, the men of the Ghost Army --several of whom went on to become famous artists and designers after the war --played an improbable role in the Allied victory.

Source notes. Bibliography. Index. Black-and-white photographs, maps, and reproductions.

  • ISBN: 9780763681531
    Format: Print Book
    Edition: Hardcover edition
    Publisher: Candlewick
    Page Count: 304
    Trim Size: 6" x 9"
    Genre: Nonfic
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