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I did posters. I was in what they called the camouflage secret army. This was in 1943. The people at Fort Meade got the idea to make rubber dummies of tanks, which we inflated on the spot and waited for Germans to see through their night photography or spies. We were in Normandy, for example, pretending to be a big, strong armored division which, in fact, was still in England. That way, even though the tanks were only inflated, the Germans would think there were a lot of them there, a lot of guns, a whole big infantry. We just blew them up and put them in a field. Then all of the German forces would move toward us, and we’d get the call to get out quick. So we had to whsssh [sound of deflating] package them up and get out of there in 20 minutes. Then our real forces, which were waiting, would attack from the rear.

Image Credit: Shot by an unknown photographer, the photo shows a secret U.S. Army unit, the Ghost Army, in World War II that made hundreds of inflatable tanks and other devices of illusion to deceive enemy forces.
Text Excerpt: Ellsworth Kelly by Gwyneth Paltrow in Interview Magazine, Oct 13, 2011

I did posters. I was in what they called the camouflage secret army. This was in 1943. The people at Fort Meade got the idea to make rubber dummies of tanks, which we inflated on the spot and waited for Germans to see through their night photography or spies. We were in Normandy, for example, pretending to be a big, strong armored division which, in fact, was still in England. That way, even though the tanks were only inflated, the Germans would think there were a lot of them there, a lot of guns, a whole big infantry. We just blew them up and put them in a field. Then all of the German forces would move toward us, and we’d get the call to get out quick. So we had to whsssh [sound of deflating] package them up and get out of there in 20 minutes. Then our real forces, which were waiting, would attack from the rear.


Image Credit: Shot by an unknown photographer, the photo shows a secret U.S. Army unit, the Ghost Army, in World War II that made hundreds of inflatable tanks and other devices of illusion to deceive enemy forces.

Text Excerpt: Ellsworth Kelly by Gwyneth Paltrow in Interview Magazine, Oct 13, 2011

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    Ghost Army. If this was British, it would have been the SIS, the Special Inflatable Service.
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