The Ghost Army

The Ghost Army

DVD - 2013
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Tells the story of the Ghost Army, officially known as the 23rd Headquarters Special Troops. From June 1944 to March 1945 it staged 20 battlefield deceptions, beginning in Normandy and ending at the Rhine River. These deceptions included an array of inflatables (tanks, trucks, jeeps, and airplanes), sound trucks, phony radio transmissions and even playacting to fool the enemy.
Publisher: [Arlington, Va.] : PBS Distribution, ©2013
Edition: Widescreen
Description: 1 videodisc (70 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
ISBN: 9781608839063
Branch Call Number: DVD 940.5421 Gho

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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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