American Tactical Deception Units in the European Theater, 1944 - 1945
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No history of the war in Europe has ever taken into account
the actions of the men of the US 23rd Special Troops. These
men took part in over 22 deception operations against the
German Army. Some of these operations had tremendous impact
upon how the battles in Europe were fought. The men who
participated in these actions were sworn to secrecy for 50
years, and are only now willing to talk about their role.
The 23rd was composed of four main units. A signal deception
unit to broadcast fake radio signals, an engineer camouflage
unit to set up rubber dummies of tanks and trucks, a combat
engineer unit to construct emplacements and provide local
security, and a sonic deception company. The sonic unit was
developed to fool German listening posts by playing audio
recordings of various sounds, such as tanks moving up or
bridges being built.
The 23rd was the only tactical deception unit of the
American Army in World War ll combining all aspects of
deception. This book also covers the birthplace of sonic
deception: the Army Experimental Station at Pine Camp; and
their smaller sister unit, the 3133rd Sonic Deception
company that saw action for 14 days in Italy.
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