Saturday, November 9, 2019
Rick Beyer Ghost Army Presentation
591 E. 119th St DeWitt, Ia
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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 eganging multimedia show that includes videos, photos, maps, artifacts, sound effects and (shhh) even an inflatable tank.