How Creative Artists Helped Win World War II
Over the last year we have seen photos released from North Korea showing images that were retouched to try and intimidate and deceive it’s enemies of the powerful weapons they have at their discretion. What most of us didn’t realize is that during World War II the United States, we are now learning, did much of the same thing. Classified for over a half a century, photos and video show how the United States used a team of artists and deception to help win World War II.
The team of artists were called the “Ghost Army” or as one of them more appropriately named it “The Rubber Army.” Their job in 1944 was to position inflatable replicas of tanks and trucks in one location to deceive German forces that the allied forces were there while real US troops advanced miles away. The team consisted of over 1000 artists that used sites and sounds to dupe the enemy. A new documentary is being released on this unique team that most of us did not even realize existed.
As CBS News reported, “The Ghost Army, an infantry of illusion that gave new meaning to the art of war.”
[Via CBS News]