Thursday, December 5, 2019
The Ghost Army and the Battle of the Bulge
FIrst Division Museum
1s151 Winfield Road, Wheaton, IL
In the summer of 1944, a handpicked group of GIs landed in France to conduct a secret mission. Armed with rubber tanks, fake artillery, and more than a few tricks up their sleeves, they put on a traveling road show of deception on the battlefields of Europe, with the German Army as their audience. From Normandy to the Rhine, the 1,100 men of the Twenty-Third Headquarters Special Troops, known as the Ghost Army, conjured up phony convoys, phantom divisions, and make-believe headquarters to fool the enemy about the strength and location of American units.
Author and documentary filmmaker Rick Beyer presents this amazing story in an engaging multimedia presentation that includes photos, maps, video clips other material Many of the soldiers were artists, including future fashion designer Bill Blass and painter Ellsworth Kelly, and Beyer weaves their wartime art into this incredible tale of creativity being used to save lives.