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    Military genius in WW2

    The 'Ghost Army' - I have never heard this story before but its freakin awesome. So simple. The guy who thought this scheme up should have won some major awards!

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    Re: Military genius in WW2

    Bet those are worth a fortune for those who have them.



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    Re: Military genius in WW2

    To go from strategy that simple to this:



    Makes one wonder why we can't get back to war fighting. Where o where is general Patton when we need him...



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    Re: Military genius in WW2

    Quote Originally Posted by drmwevr08 View Post
    The 'Ghost Army' - I have never heard this story before but its freakin awesome. So simple. The guy who thought this scheme up should have won some major awards!

    YouTube - Working WIth A Bunch of Dummies

    Who was more gullible? The enemy for being fooled by this, or us for thinking the enemy was in anyway fooled by this?



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    Re: Military genius in WW2

    They used these close to D-day to make the german's think that they were building an army near the cliffs of Dover.



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    Re: Military genius in WW2

    Quote Originally Posted by pyrocyz View Post
    They used these close to D-day to make the german's think that they were building an army near the cliffs of Dover.
    Commanded by one of the best American fighting generals in our history, General George S. Patton.



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    Re: Military genius in WW2

    Quote Originally Posted by pyrocyz View Post
    They used these close to D-day to make the german's think that they were building an army near the cliffs of Dover.
    The Germans must have thought Macy's was the major sponsor of the war then.....

    I could see the benefit of using them that way. If the Germans used the U Boats for a few days to get a peak at these ghosts, it was a few days they weren't out blowing up Allied boats.

    That is just one of those tricks that works really well, until it doesn't....or there is a really windy day, or a curious sniper with a Gewehr 43 and a scope.

    But the OP was right, if it saved lives and helped end the war, it was a pretty creative (albeit slightly desperate) idea.


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    Re: Military genius in WW2

    Quote Originally Posted by pyrocyz View Post
    They used these close to D-day to make the german's think that they were building an army near the cliffs of Dover.
    This. Used partially to give the Germans incorrect estimates of the opposition force and also to make them think the landings were going to take place somewhere other than Normandy.


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    Re: Military genius in WW2

    I would really recommend taking a trip to Normandy. I was there last year and once you pay for the flight it really is a cheap vacation. The locals are friendly, the food is good, and the sites are amazing.



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    Re: Military genius in WW2

    If you have time, this is a pretty cool story

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    Re: Military genius in WW2

    Let my Fred's Posse Ride: Georges, Naz, Hogue, Bryce, Nader, Monte, Matt, and McKay.

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    Re: Military genius in WW2

    The paratroopers;
    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfOQuEO9gQg&feature=related]YouTube - Declassified OSS Film of WWII Decoy Paratrooper 1943[/ame]


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    Re: Military genius in WW2

    Quote Originally Posted by linkshero View Post
    The Germans must have thought Macy's was the major sponsor of the war then.....

    I could see the benefit of using them that way. If the Germans used the U Boats for a few days to get a peak at these ghosts, it was a few days they weren't out blowing up Allied boats.

    That is just one of those tricks that works really well, until it doesn't....or there is a really windy day, or a curious sniper with a Gewehr 43 and a scope.

    But the OP was right, if it saved lives and helped end the war, it was a pretty creative (albeit slightly desperate) idea.
    Since you mentioned a Gewehr 43 I need to add that I have a G-43. I am the third owner. Some German had it until June 1944 when I dad picked it up after the D-Day invasion. Limited combat since it was manufactured in April 1944. My dad carried it with him through France and into the Battle of the Bulge. He was a combat medic and they didn't like him armed so he carried the G-43. If asked what he was doing with it he would reply that it was a "souvenir".

    I haven't fired it since I was a teenager and not sure I want to risk it today. They were pretty crudely made and I don't want it flying apart with me shooting it. Since it is all matching numbers and like new, it's too valuable to use as a shooter today (or so I have told).



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    Re: Military genius in WW2

    Quote Originally Posted by pyrocyz View Post
    They used these close to D-day to make the german's think that they were building an army near the cliffs of Dover.
    Actually it was in, among and around the woods of Marlborough England - no where near Dover ---- My dad was there. And it worked -- Hitler would not let the tanks move away from Calais as he was convinced that is where the invasion would occur.



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    Re: Military genius in WW2

    Quote Originally Posted by rebecacy View Post
    Actually it was in, among and around the woods of Marlborough England - no where near Dover ---- My dad was there. And it worked -- Hitler would not let the tanks move away from Calais as he was convinced that is where the invasion would occur.

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