Secret Soldiers

by | Read by Ron Butler

Published by Brilliance Audio

What do set design, sound effects, and showmanship have to do with winning World War II? Meet the Ghost Army that played a surprising role in helping to deceive — and defeat — the Nazis.

In his third book about deception during war, Paul B. Janeczko focuses his lens on World War II and the operations carried out by the Twenty-Third Headquarters Special Troops, aka the Ghost Army. This remarkable unit included actors, camouflage experts, sound engineers, painters, and set designers who used their skills to secretly and systematically replace fighting units — fooling the Nazi army into believing what their eyes and ears told them, even though the sights and sounds of tanks and war machines and troops were entirely fabricated. Follow the Twenty-Third into Europe as they play a dangerous game of enticing the German army into making battlefield mistakes by using sonic deceptions, inflatable tanks, pyrotechnics, and camouflage in more than twenty operations. From the Normandy invasion to the crossing of the Rhine River, the men of the Ghost Army — several of whom went on to become famous artists and designers after the war — played an improbable role in the Allied victory.

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AudioFile Review

Secret Soldiers

In a smooth narration, Ron Butler tells the story of how the artists, actors, camouflage experts, sound designers, and other specialists of the U.S. Special Troops of WWII worked together to trick the Nazis into thinking they were facing troops, men, and equipment that were a cunning fabrication. Butler’s recounting of outlandish and detailed ruses used to outwit the enemy is presented in calm and precise tones. His measured and occasionally wry delivery allows listeners to enjoy a copious amount of information, including the details behind the men’s deceptions, the battles they influenced, and the stories of individual soldiers. E.J.F. © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine

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