Bonhams : US "GHOST ARMY": HELMET AND GOGGLES, 1944 Various sizes
US "GHOST ARMY": HELMET AND GOGGLES, 1944 Various sizes

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US "GHOST ARMY": HELMET AND GOGGLES, 1944
Various sizes

US$ 1,600 - 2,000
£ 1,200 - 1,500
US "GHOST ARMY": HELMET AND GOGGLES, 1944
A fine group comprising:
1 A steel M1 helmet painted in olive green with plastic liner made by Westinghouse with green rayon chinstrap and olive green rayon and leather headband and internal webbing.
2. A pair of M-1944 goggles with clear plastic lens in brown rubber frame hand inscribed "V.D Veldt," with olive green elastic strap.
Provenance: The Mountfitchet Castle Museum, Essex (purchased in Ghent, Belgium, in the 1970s).

The "Ghost Army" was a United States Army tactical deception unit officially known as 23rd Headquarters Special Troops, whose chief task was to impersonate other US Army units to fool the enemy rather than engage in direct combat. They landed in Normandy, a 1100 strong unit. The US Unit had its origins in Fort Drum New York, sent overseas 2 weeks after D-day. They moved east behind the regular army, finding themselves in Luxembourg where they did fake crossings of the Ruhr and Rhine to deceive the enemy. The force was almost caught up in the Battle of Bulge at Bastogne. The unit was broken up into smaller sections of 100 men sent off on deception projects. They used many ways to fool the enemy including inflatable tanks, sound trucks, fake radio transmissions among other pretenses. They staged over 40 battlefield deceptions, and details about the Ghost Army remain limited even to this day. A notable pair of items from an important period in the history of clandestine warfare.
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