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The Ghost Army

World War II's Artists of Deception

Tuesday, November 5th, 2019 6:30 PM

Ghost Army Author Talk

Moline Public Library

3210 41st St
Moline, Il 61265

website: https://www.molinelibrary.com/

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, told in his book, The Ghost Army of WWII.


Thursday, November 7th, 2019 5:00 PM

Ghost Army Author Talk

Frances Banta Waggoner Comminity Library

505 10th St.
DeWitt, IA

website: https://dewitt.lib.ia.us/event/visit-from-author-and-documentarian-rick-beyer/?instance_id=1526

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, told in his book, The Ghost Army of WWII.


Friday, November 8th, 2019 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM

Ghost Army Screening and Discussion

Black Hawk College

Moline, Il

Author and Filmmaker Rick Beyer will screen the acclaimed documentary The Ghost Army, and lead a discussion afterward.


Saturday, November 9th, 2019 7:00 PM

Rick Beyer Ghost Army Presentaton

Dwitt Center for the Performing ARts

519 E. 11th St
DeWitt, Ia

PRICE: $15.00

PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE: Purchase Tickets

website: https://www.cd-pac.org/production/the-ghost-army-by-rick-beyer/

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 Filmmaker Rick Beyer presents the story of this amazing WWII deception unit with an engaging multimedia show that includes videos, photos, maps, artifacts, sound effects and (shhh) even an inflatable tank.  


Thursday, December 5th, 2019 7:00 PM

The Ghost Army and the Battle of the Bulge

FIrst Division Museum

1s151 Winfield Road
Wheaton, IL

phone: 630.260.8185

website: https://www.fdmuseum.org

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.