A "Ghost Army" saved thousands of lives during World War II unbeknownst to other U.S. troops, historian Rick Beyer and artist Elizabeth Sayles told a Book Rap April 29.
The ghost army actually consisted of the 1,100 men of the 23rd Headquarters Special Troops, who created a false army of about 20,000 men to fool the Germans. Beyer said they were "putting on a show for the Germans."
It was a dangerous job as the troops had to set up only a quarter of a mile from the enemy. Three men were killed and 21 wounded. The troops also had to endure the worst winter in 100 years in 1944.