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All they need now

is an inflatable truck to transport the inflatable weapons.

I'm going to pencil them in for the Thanksgiving Day Parade.


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Some kid is going to see this

and ask for one for Christmas. Happy

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The British did do the same thing.

In North Africa, prior to the attack at el-Alemein, the Brits wanted the Afrika Corps to think that the attack would come at the south end of the front. Consequently at the north end of the front, they hid tanks, artillery batteries, etc under "sunshields", which when erected, looked like a large truck. When the attack started, all the Germans saw was an assault force in the south and sent their reserves there. The Brits then removed the "sunshields" to reveal the real assault force.

Another instance occurred in the north of England and Scotland prior to D-Day. There, the British and the Americans wanted the Germans to see a huge force - the fictitious First U.S. Army Group - poised to attack the Pas de Calais, where they had the majority of their defenses deployed. FUSAG had a real "commander", namely Gen. George Patton, who was waiting for his real Third Army to assemble.

To make the existence of FUSAG believable, inflatable tanks, trucks and aircraft appeared in the north of England and Scotland along with small groups of troops who mimicked the radio traffic of a 1 million man strong invasion force (the ships the Germans saw were real; they were the naval support for the Normandy invasion).

The deception was so effective that the Germans only stopped believing in FUSAG's existence in mid-July 1944, shortly before Operation COBRA, the American attack at St. Lo, France that finally broke through the German defenses in Normandy. When Patton's army slammed into the gap in the German lines, the great breakout of the Allies that carried them all the way to the German border by early December 1944 began.

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Modern, not always

Illusion and deception are long used in war to include camouflage. Yes, during WWII, the Brits did you air filled items to help portray forces for the D-Day landing were here and there, basically all over the place. Further, some building and such were painted by WWII forces to make them appear as something else to be smaller or follow the outlines of the landscape to be something else, thus hide or break-up scenes as viewed from the air. Modern camouflage clothing now for desert and/or mountainous areas, include I/R breakdown to help lessen the heat signature of troops. And yes, the hiding of a tank in plain view can be done with "lighting" aspects its hidden in the light aura sorta speak, not just direct light in your face. -----Willy Happy

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