Long before Wile E. Coyote began faceplanting into extravagantly painted landscape portraits, it seems yet another group pioneered the Looney Tunes-ass past time of getting bamboozled by obvious decoys — German Nazis.
In the final months of World War II, the American military powers realized that killing Nazis wasn’t the only way to defeat the Axis powers – fucking with their heads was more than sufficient, creating an entire fake unit nicknamed the Ghost Army to make their presence look more intimidating.
Inflatable decoys made the Germans think the Allies had more tanks during WW2 pic.twitter.com/QA4e977KTy— Historic Vids (@historyinmemes) March 21, 2023
The "Ghost Army" (officially 23 Headquarters Special Troops) was a US tactical deception unit. The 1100 men impersonated units to deceive the enemy by utilizing inflatable tanks, sound trucks and fake radio transmissions. #WW2 #HISTORY pic.twitter.com/UlPGevyPAZ— RG Poulussen (@rgpoulussen) December 30, 2022
These Inflatable Tanks Fooled Hitler.— Eckler by Design (@daniel_eckler) March 2, 2023
The Story of WW2’s “Ghost Army” pic.twitter.com/M8yW5tF4uf
Created by a team of artists, sound engineers and designers, this army was the stuff of Nathan Fielder’s wet dreams, featuring inflatable tanks, fabricated radio communications and faux announcements.
Take it from the U.S. Army: Faking it ‘til you make it is never a bad idea.