Join Director of Exhibits, Jenney Fazande, as we delve into the process of creating The Ghost Army Exhibit currently on view at The National WWII Museum. Then go on a highlights tour featuring some of the artifacts within the exhibit with curator Larry Decuers.
This program is sponsored by AARP Louisiana.
About the exhibit:
Activated on January 20, 1944, the 23rd Headquarters Special Troops, known as the “Ghost Army,” was the first mobile, multimedia, tactical deception unit in US Army history. Consisting of an authorized strength of 82 officers and 1,023 men under the command of Army veteran Colonel Harry L. Reeder, this unique and top-secret unit was capable of simulating two whole divisions—approximately 30,000 men—and used visual, sonic, and radio deception to fool German forces during World War II’s final year.
In Ghost Army: The Combat Con Artists of World War II, the unique story of the 23rd’s more than 1,100 men who deceived, sketched, and painted across Europe to manipulate Hitler’s armies is told through several artifacts and media, including historical narrative text panels detailing unit operations, profiles of unit officers, archival photography, and even sketches and uniforms from unit officers.
Ghost Army: The Combat Con Artists of World War II is exclusively sponsored by E. L. Wiegand Foundation.
To learn more about Ghost Army: The Combat Con Artists of World War II, please view our website: nationalww2museum.org/visit/museum-campus-guide/hall-democracy/senator-john-alario-jr-special-exhibition-hall/ghost-army.