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Secret Soldiers: The Story of World War II's Heroic Army of Deception

3.78  ·  Rating Details ·  80 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
They were masters of the craft of illusion and deception, and their greatest disappearing act was to vanish from history. The men of the 23rd Headquarters Special Troops were recruited to become phantom warriors in a ghost army to help win the Battle of Eurpoe. A thousand strong, they fought in more campaigns, from D Day to the Rhine River, with more Allied armies, than ...more
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published June 1st 2002 by Dutton Adult
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Joyce
Jul 14, 2016 Joyce added it
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You wouldn't think a book with this topic could possibly be this dull and underwritten -- at times it genuinely reads like notes rather than a complete book. Someday someone will write a great historical thriller using it as background research.
Marie
Feb 01, 2008 Marie rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, history
I read this on the plane yesterday. It was wonderful! Highly, highly enjoyed, and not just because I had hours and hours of time to kill.
Frederick Bingham
This is the story of a group of soldiers in World War II. Their mission was deception. They were trying to fool the Germans in various ways. They used bogus radio transmissions, pneumatic fake tanks (camouflaged, but not too well), fake airfields and planes, recordings of tanks and soldiers moving into position, fake uniforms and insignia. The soldiers were not conventional ones. They were artists, actors and architects in their real lives. In fact, one of the leaders was Douglas Fairbanks Jr., ...more
Catherine
Apr 10, 2011 Catherine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The title says it all. It's an historical account of the soldiers who fought against the Germans by creating the illusion of an army where there was none. Using inflatable tank and artillary decoys and recorded sound, they worked to lead the Germans to believe that platoons of soldiers were in one place when they were actually in another. The book is well researched and written with first-hand accounts of the soldiers that were there. It is the type of history that reads like a story, taking us ...more
Cori North
Jul 31, 2014 Cori North rated it really liked it
Found this book because of research on George vander Sluis, one of my Colorado artists included in last couple exhibitions...Other artists such as hard-edged abstractionist Ellsworth Kelley and fashion designer Bill Blass are more a focus herein, but the idea of a whole artist camouflage/deception unit is Enthralling!!

There's a documentary now being produced, "Ghost Army," on this very subject...This book is informative, but the writing style is not the best. So many one sentence paragraphs? And
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Eileen Conner
Apr 17, 2010 Eileen Conner rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Eileen by: eileenconner@sbcglobal.net
This is a very interesting book about a company of soldiers that was classified until recently. This company were the deceivers, the ones that made the enemy suspect troops were where they were not, and worked with the camo to make them not to be where they were. The beginning and formation of the company are discussed and stories of the men who thought up this theater of war acting. The missions of deception, using sound, dummy equipment and other props to fool the enemy is discussed throughout ...more
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Enjoyed this book about American troops who used deception to trick Germans on the Western Front during WW2.
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