The Ghost Army

The Ghost Army

Streaming Video - 2013
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From PBS: War, deception and art come together in this astonishing true story of American G.I.s who tricked the enemy with rubber tanks, sound effects and carefully crafted illusions during WWII. This remarkable tale of a top-secret mission that was at once absurd, deadly and amazingly effective is told through the stories of the veterans, many of whom - like Bill Blass and Ellsworth Kelly - would go on to have illustrious careers in art, design and fashion.
Topical Term: World War, 1939-1945
Streaming video
Publisher: [United States] : PBS : Made available through hoopla, 2013
ISBN: 9781608839063
Branch Call Number: eVIDEO
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (ca. 60 min.)) : sd., col

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maipenrai
Apr 23, 2018

Terrific documentary. I was aware of the "Ghost Army" faking of military divisions and misleading information during and before D-Day. Hitler was convinced that Patton would lead the cross channel invasion of Europe, so his army was "created" in Britain with fake tanks, artillery, and even soldiers. Sound effects were recorded and radio transmissions sent that misled the Nazis about the existence of his army. During the invasion they even dropped tiny parachutists to convince the Germans that the invasion was more widespread than actually was the case. I was not aware, however, that the "Ghost Army" participated in the war in Europe through the crossing of the Rhine. In civilian life, ghost soldiers had been artists, architects, actors, set designers, and engineers. Their creative activities saved thousands of lives and placed them in danger as they were sometimes posted at the front lines. Having read and watched films about WWII for more than 50 years, it is always a delight to find a documentary or book that reveals previously unknown ( to myself ) information. Of course, there are literally millions of WWII stories, so one can never cease learning something new. Many sources, however, simply expand or repeat previously known information, so this film was a treat!! Highly recommend!! Kristi & Abby Tabby

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akirakato
Feb 19, 2014

This is a 68-minute documentary about the U.S. 23rd Headquarters Special Troops or the "Ghost Army."
During World War II, a hand-picked group of American GI's undertook a bizarre mission to create a traveling road show of deception
on the battlefields of Europe with the Nazi Germany Army as their audience.
This little-known unit's knack for tricky was crucial to Allied success in the war, but their top-secret mission was kept quiet
for nearly 50 years after the war.
Why is that?
The Ghost Army was so successful that the US Army would like to use the same trick in case of a war with the Soviet Union.
This is an amazing, fascinating yet somewhat funny documentary.

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Keogh
Oct 21, 2013

PBS continues to live up to their reputation with another outstanding documentary shedding light on a fascinating aspect of the Second World War. A group of American soldiers, drawn from different fields of civilian life, spent the war practicing deceit to trick the Germans through the European campaign. Through camofluage techniques, sound tricks, and radio deceit, the group time and time again fooled German forces- so successfully that they were kept secret for decades afterwards. There is commentary from historians and a retired general, but there's a lot of commentary from those men still around today, and that's where the heart of the documentary is, in the recollection of these men who put themselves in harm's way, pulled the wool over the eyes of the enemy, and in doing so saved many more lives of fellow soldiers. Their memories come across clearly through the documentary, and makes this essential viewing for anyone with an interest in the Second World War.

aaa5756 Aug 15, 2013

PBS has done it again very well done documentary. This movie was interesting, informative, and worse seeing!! I recommend this movie for all to see.

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“You can always count on Americans to do the right thing - after they've tried everything else.” -Winston Churchill

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