What happens when a team of design students, artists, actors, and sound engineers are sent out onto the battlefield?

In WWII, the United States sent a “Ghost Army” out into the field. This unit of 1000 men used inflatable tanks, fake radio transmissions, massive speakers, and some play-acting in local bars to fool the Germans into believing they were facing two battalions of 30,000 men.

The story of the Ghost Army is a little known, but remarkable part of history.

Here is a brief look at this unique unit that helped change the course of history…

Via: VOA News 1

The full story of the Ghost Army is even more fascinating!

I first heard about it a little over a year ago on one of our favorite Podcasts, 99% Invisible, and have thought about this episode almost daily since.

Even if you don’t think of yourself as a Podcast or history fan, this is a story worth hearing!

The story of the Ghost Army serves as a reminder of our human capacity for unbridled creativity. Whether we are innovating in the laboratory, the studio, the field, or in our daily lives, we should celebrate our spirit of curiosity and imagination.

What would a world look like where we seized upon our curious and creative nature more often? We have to remember that we are the ones that empower ourselves to ask better questions, to look at the world with fresh eyes, and to live in a world of possibility and innovation!

Stay beautiful & keep laughing!

-Liesl

“Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.”-Victor Borge

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Notes:

  1. “Remembering The Ghost Army That Saved US Lives in WW II.” YouTube. VOA, 24 May 2013. Web. 09 June 2016. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0UOG9V5nWI>.
  2. “Show of Force.” 99% Invisible. 21 Apr. 2015. 99 Invisible. Web. 09 June 2016. <http://99percentinvisible.org/episode/show-of-force/>.

Liesl Ulrich-Verderber

COO Ever Widening Circles

Liesl is a camera-toting traveler, a global story seeker, and an aspiring—but more often floundering—yoga lover. She can be found on Instagram @Liesl.UV