Friday, July 29, 2011

Military Snapsbot - Inflatable Armor in World War II

An inflatable dummy tank sits beside a real M4A1 Sherman medium tank in a training exercise. It was critical to mislead the Germans about the actual invasion landing sites for Operation Overlord. The Western Allies came up with a very elaborate deception plan, code-named Operation Fortitude, which created dummy armies, one of which was supposedly headed by Patton. Photo courtesy of the National Archives, from Patton's Third Army in World War II by Michael Green and James D. Brown.

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