Ghost Army: The Combat Con Artists of World War II

ON VIEW MAY 25 – AUGUST 25, 2024

Ghost Army: The Combat Con Artists of World War II, a special exhibition created by the National World War II Museum, explores the story of a top-secret unit — the U.S. Army’s 23rd Headquarters Special Troops — known as the “Ghost Army.”

The 23rd was the first mobile, multimedia, tactical deception unit in U.S. Army history. This talented team of 1,105 artists, engineers, professional soldiers and draftees were capable of simulating two divisions (approximately 30,000 men) utilizing rubber inflatable tanks, trucks and planes; false radio messages, sound effects; and other disinformation tactics. During World War II, they perfected battlefield deception to deceive German troops and safeguard the lives of thousands of Allied soldiers. The 23rd Headquarters Special Troops included future famed artists Bill Blass, Ellsworth Kelly and Art Kane.

Ghost Army: The Combat Con Artists of World War II is exclusively sponsored by E. L. Wiegand Foundation.

Related Events:

FRIDAY, MAY 24 | 6 P.M.

GHOST ARMY Opening Night

Uncover the incredible story of the “Ghost Army: The Combat Cons of World War II” at our Exhibition Opening Night! The evening will kick off with light refreshments and hors d’oeuvres. Stay tuned for special guest speakers!


Spy Night at the Museum

Think you have what it takes to join the Ghost Army of World War II? Challenge your wits and unravel mysteries at our Spy Game Night at the NVMM! Immerse yourself in an evening of deception, fun, and inspiration as you step into the shoes of the combat con artists who outwitted the enemy.

WEDS-SUN 10 A.M. - 5 P.M.
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The NVMM is Open on MLK Day!

$1 Admission on Jan. 16 in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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