(See my other WWII & Podcast related posts) – While driving across the country with my wife a week or so ago we listened to several Missed in History Class podcasts. One that I wanted to share was on “The Ghost Army”.
The Ghost Army refers to a special and very secret tactical deception unit, officially named the 1st Headquarters Special Troops. This 1100 man unit was given the mission of impersonating other US units and deceiving the Germans. They participated in more than 20 battlefield deceptions between early 1944 and the end of the war.
The members of the unit were recruited for their artistic and creative thinking skills. They used dummy tanks and artillery, fake aircraft, and giant speakers broadcasting the sounds of men and artillery to make the German forces believe they were facing far larger forces than they were. The unit was kept “Secret” for more than 40 years.
If you are interested in the unit, you can listen to the 34 minute Missed In History Class podcast here.
If you are interested in the WWII era of history, you may find these three pages of interest.
The “World War II Sources” page is a constantly growing collection of more than 330 links to museums, memorials, websites, Facebook pages, Twitter feeds and other sources with information on the World War II-era in history.
The “World War II Timeline” page expands almost daily and shows events leading up to WWII, as well as during the war. Events are broken down into the Pacific and European Theaters by date.
The “About WWII” page is a collection of links to posts that I have made over the years that are relevant to WWII.