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Bell Ringer: The Ghost Army of World War II

The Ghost Army of World War II

Filmmaker and author Rick Beyer talked about the U.S. Army’s creation of a “Ghost Army” to deceive the Germans during World War II. The 1,100-man unit used inflatable rubber tanks, sound effects, fake radio transmissions, and performance art to fool the Germans into miscalculating the strength and location of American troops.

Description

Filmmaker and author Rick Beyer talked about the U.S. Army’s creation of a “Ghost Army” to deceive the Germans during World War II. The 1,100-man unit used inflatable rubber tanks, sound effects, fake radio transmissions, and performance art to fool the Germans into miscalculating the strength and location of American troops.

Bell Ringer Assignment

  • What were the goals of the Ghost Army?
  • From the initial video, what actions did the Ghost Army take to achieve these goals?
  • How were these fake vehicles and weapons created?
  • Why were these inflatables successful at deceiving the Germans?
  • How did the Ghost Army use sound to deceive the Germans?
  • What new technologies were used during this process?

Additional Resource

Participants

    Vocabulary

    • Armored Division
    • Boom Box
    • Ghost Army
    • Infantry
    • Pontoon
    • Reconnaissance
    • Sonic
    • Tape Recorder
    • World War I I

    Topics

    U.S. History

    Grades

    Middle SchoolHigh SchoolUniversity