Friday, March 2, 2012

World War II's Ghost Army

From the February 23rd Boston Globe"Exhibit and film celebrate World War II's Ghost Army."

US Army Corporal John Jarvis of Kearny, NJ, had created many sketches and water colors of World War II during down time.

He also was a member of the 23rd Headquarters Special Troops, better known as "The Ghost Army." There were 1,100 Americans in it and they used inflatable rubber tanks, sound effects, impersonation, scripted radio transmissions and other trickery to mislead opposing German soldiers about the size, strength and location of their enemy.

Operations began shortly after D-Day. More than twenty clandestine operations are credited to them.

The group was hand-picked and consisted of artists, set designers, engineering and radio operators. Some famous folk in the unit were fashion designer Bill Blass, painter and sculptor Ellsworth Kelly, artist Arthur Singer and photographer Art Kane.

The unit operated near the front lines. "The Army was using creativity to save lives, but the men were exercising their own creativity in this awful environment."

I'd Never Heard of Them Before. --GreGen

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