Just watched the best documentary ever on PBS. It was about the Ghost Army, a unit of artists, designers, engineers, sound designers, and other creatives who contributed to the war effort through the use of their skills as artists. The 23rd Headquarters Special Troops operated from June 1944 - March 1945 and staged 20 battlefield deceptions. They faked radio transmissions, used “sound trucks” rigged with giant speakers to project sound effects recorded on magnetized wire, and inflatable tanks, jeeps, artillery guns, planes, and other fake objects to convince enemy troops to look at them and not at where the actual troops are.
Almost every single artist went on to have a great career afterwards. It was fascinating to watch. If you can find it be sure you see it. It’s juat amazing what they accomplished. Plus the story of them lifting a tank to the shock of the people in Normandy is 100% worth it.
"Americans are strong."
Click the picture to go to the site of the documentary. It has a lot of their art (they sketched the whole time they were out there), photos, and more.
-photo montage there taken from the documentary site. Most of the commentary here written by meeee because I seriously just watched it.