EVENT DATE: Sep 07, 2013
The Blackstone Valley Tourism Council is raising money to build an exhibit to to honor the Ghost Army at the Museum of Work and Culture in the city of Woonsocket, Rhode Island.
In June 1944, a secret U.S. Army unit went into action in Normandy. The weapons they deployed were decidedly unusual: hundreds of inflatable tanks and a one-of-a-kind collection of sound effects records. Their mission was to use bluff, deception, and trickery to save lives. Many were artists, some of who would become famous, including a budding fashion designer named Bill Blass. They painted and sketched their way across Europe, creating a unique visual record of their journey. The story of what these men accomplished was hushed up by the Pentagon for more than forty years.
We are creating the exact replicas of the tanks that you used to help win the war. They were built in Rhode Island and we want to bring that back to Rhode Island.