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Online Program: The Most-Secret Units in Military History

August 30, 2022 @ 3:30 PM - 6:30 PM

During World War II, the Ghost Army, formally known as the U.S. Army’s Twenty Third Headquarters Special Troops, used disguise, sound, and radio deception to mislead the Germans about the location, strength, and movements of U.S. Army units. These tactical successes were a critical part of a vast inter-Allied deception effort that stretched from the front lines to high-level military headquarters to the halls of spy agencies in London. Overall, these deceptions consistently left the Germans befuddled about Allied strategy, intentions, and operations.

From rubber tanks to double agents, learn about techniques used by the Ghost Army and deceptive tactics today with Dr. Mark Stout, former intelligence officer and Director of Global Securities Studies for John Hopkins University. Dr. Stout will showcase tools of the craft throughout military history and demonstrate how the Ghost Army’s plans helped Allied commanders while avoiding confusion with “real” (non-deception) plans.

Museum Members: Free; Non-Members: $5.00

Register: https://ihm.ec/mostsecretunits

Illinois Holocaust Museum’s presentation of “Ghost Army: The Combat Con Artists of World War II” and exhibition-related programming is made possible with generous support from our Supporters, Enjoy Illinois, Pritzker Military Museum & Library, Larry and Carol Levy, Laurie and Phillip Gerber & Family; from Contributors, David Hiller, Judith and William Rader & Family; from Additional Funders, First Division Museum at Cantigny Park, Amy Bazelon and Gary Mitzvah, Golder Family Foundation, Michael and Debbie Strauss, Barbara and Victor Weisskopf; and from Media Partners, Clear Channel Outdoor, Chicago Reader, CBS Channel 2, WBEZ 91.5.

Community Partners: 84th Great Lakes Training Division at Fort Sheridan; Honor Flight Chicago; Illinois Department of Jewish War Veterans of the USA

“Ghost Army: The Combat Con Artists of World War II” was produced by The National World War II Museum.



August 30, 2022
3:30 PM - 6:30 PM


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