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The Ghost Army

World War II's Artists of Deception


The Book

This brand new book by Rick Beyer and Elizabeth Sayles details the fascinating story of this top secret unit, filled with artists, that used inflatable tanks, sound effects, and illusion to fool the Germans on the battlefields of Europe. Coming this April from Princeton Architectural Press.


"The Ghost Army of World War II describes a perfect example of a little-known, highly imaginative, and daring maneuver that helped open the way for the final drive to Germany. It is a riveting tale ...I enjoyed it enormously."

-Tom Brokaw, NBC Special Correspondent, author of The Greatest Generation.


The Documentary Film
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This award-winning documentary film premiered on PBS in 2013, has been seen in nearly twenty countries, and is now available on Netflix and other home video outlets.

"Fascinating, detailed and oddly delightful"
-LA Times
"Argo meets der Fuhrer"
-TV Guide
"Remarkable...fresh details and a compelling narrative"
-New York Times



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The Gold Medal

Representatives Annie Kuster (D-NH) and Peter King (R-NY) have introduced bipartisan legislation to award a Congressional Gold Medal to the 23rd Headquarters Special Troops. We are working with Senator Ed Markey D-MA and others on both sides of the aisle to have similar legislaton introduced soon in the Senate.


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The Tour
Filmmaker and Author Rick Beyer will lead the next Ghost Army/Secret War tour of Europe from in 2016. It will trace the route of the unit from England, across the Channel to France, through Luxembourg, and Belgium, all the way to Germany. Registrationwill open in the fall.

"Your trip was one of the most enjoyable trips we have ever been on...many unique sites and unique people."
-Gordon Schafer, 2014 tour participant

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