Secret Soldiers: How the U.S. Twenty-Third Special Troops Fooled the Nazis

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Secret Soldiers: How the U.S. Twenty-Third Special Troops Fooled the Nazis
Written by Paul B. Janeczko
Format: Hardback
ISBN-10: 0763681539
ISBN-13: 9780763681531
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Secret Soldiers: How the U.S. Twenty-Third Special Troops Fooled the Nazis

author: Paul B. Janeczko

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.

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.
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isbn-10/isbn-13:
0763681539 /  9780763681531
on sale date:
04/2019
type/format:
Non-Fiction / Hardback
age range:
10 yrs - 14 yrs
# of pages/size:
304 / 6" x 9"
grade range:
Grade 5 - Grade 9
 
subjects:
Biography & Autobiography; History;
author’s comments:
Paul B. Janeczko (1945–2019) was a poet and teacher who edited numerous award-winning poetry anthologies for young people, including A Poke in the I, A Kick in the Head, A Foot in the Mouth, and The Death of the Hat, all of which were illustrated by Chris Raschka; Firefly July, illustrated by Melissa Sweet; and The Proper Way to Meet a Hedgehog and Other How-To Poems, illustrated by Richard Jones. He also wrote Worlds Afire; Requiem: Poems of the Terezín Ghetto; Top Secret: A Handbook of Codes, Ciphers, and Secret Writing; Double Cross: Deception Techniques in War; The Dark Game: True Spy Stories from Invisible Ink to CIA Moles, a finalist for the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults; and Secret Soldiers: How the U.S. Twenty-Third Special Troops Fooled the Nazis.

 
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