inflatable tank

anonymous asked:

high key can u give me a rundown of ur fav wacky wwii shenanigans

Okay friends today we are gonna learn about the GHOST ARMY, which, disappointingly, was not actually an army made of ghosts

pictured: the unit patch for the Ghost Army, which is DOPE AS FUCK

see one of the things that made WWII so fucking nuts was the totally bizarre level of technology. Like wow we invented the first real computer and radar but also if you wanted to see how many troops were hanging out somewhere you had to send a dude to fly over and take pictures manually??? this left A LOT of room for shenanigans

so the normal method of dealing with aerial surveillance was to cover shit with camouflage netting. Say you’ve got an nice air base that you really don’t want any bombs dropped on- you literally just cover that with a ludicrous amount of netting and some fake trees and BAM now it looks like just an empty field from the air

there’s a building under that weird lump

that’s cool! That’s really cool! But not cool enough

At some point somebody sat down and went “hey wait. What if…what if instead of disguising buildings and units as fields, we disguise fields as units”

holy fucking shit!!!

the British had used a bunch of fake tanks and like, boxes of provisions stacked up in tank shape and then covered with a tarp in 1942 during Operation Bertram and it worked really well, but they didn’t have a special unit devoted to just clowning on the Germans like that.

so the US military decides they do want a designated clowning unit and goes out and recruits a bunch of fucking nerds from all the art schools and makes them into the 23rd Headquarters Special Troops aka THE GHOST ARMY, WHY THE FUCK WOULD YOU USE ANY OTHER NAME LIKE SERIOUSLY

the ghost army’s job was basically to go in, sidle up to a real unit, and then basically set up a fake version of that unit while the actual unit sneaked away to go dunk on Nazis where the Nazis weren’t expecting them

okay time to get into the really cool part of this story, which is HOW the ghost army faked being a real unit:


that’s a big ol balloon!!!

the ghost army had a stockpile of inflatable tanks, aircraft, artillery, cars, whatever, that they would set up and then poorly cover with camouflage netting so from the air it looked like someone had just done a real shit job of hiding actual materiel. They even had dummy soldiers that they would set up to make the scene look populated, since the ghost army itself was about 1,000 dudes regularly imitating units of 30,000 men

what’s really cool is that visual deception was more than just the inflatable stuff itself. If the ghost army plopped down a balloon tank, they then also had to go out with shovels and rakes and shit to make a fake track that a real tank would have left, because it turns out tanks are really hard on your landscaping

step 2: “spoof radio”

the last couple of days before the real unit moved out, the radio operators of the ghost army would move in. see, radio transmissions were done in Morse code, and it turns out every radio operator has a slightly different “fist” when typing Morse. A “fist” is basically typing style- some people would take longer to type out certain letters or would have pauses between groups or anything like. Anybody listening to the radio transmissions who was skilled enough could tell different radio operators apart from just their fist

anyway the ghost army operators would move in and basically listen to all the real unit’s radio transmissions until they had learned the real operators’ fists. Then they would take over radio traffic, imitating that fist so it seemed like the real operator had never left. I forgot to make this section funny because I was too caught up in how rad it is SORRY

step 3: making a lot of noise

the ghost army had special trucks fitted with huge fuck off speakers and a whole library of stock sound effects. Once the real unit left and the fake unit inflated, the sound trucks would come in, select a combination of sound effects that matched the unit they were impersonating, and then played everyone in the 15 mile radius of the speakers their fire mix tape

step 4: fuckin partying!!!

see the thing about impersonating your own units is that other allied units would know about it and might talk about it where enemy collaborators could hear. So the ghost army had to fool the Germans but they also had to fool their own army. Every time they impersonated a new unit, the ghost soldiers would paint that unit’s insignia on all the fake materiel, make fake signs with the unit’s name and colors, and sew the unit’s patches on their own uniforms

once they were dressed up as soldiers from the impersonated unit, the ghost army dudes would go into town and mingle with other soldiers from actual fighting units nearby and hang out in bars while loudly saying things like “YES HELLO I AM DEFINITELY A REAL SOLDIER FROM THE WHATEVER DIVISION, ABSOLUTELY FOR REAL STATIONED ON THAT HILL OVER THERE”

so anyway this bunch of weedy American art nerds staged 20+ battlefield deceptions between 1944 and the end of the war, sometimes fooling that Germans so successfully that they actually got shelled

I'mma leave you with this quote from the book “The Ghost Army of World War II” by Rick Beyer and Elizabeth Sayles, because it’s a quote from an actual member of the Ghost Army and that alone makes it funnier than anything I could ever write:

On another occasion, two Frenchmen on bicycles somehow got through the security perimeter. Shilstone managed to halt them, but not before they had seen more than they should. “What they thought they saw was four GIs picking up a forty-ton Sherman tank and turning it around. They looked at me, and they were looking for answers, and I finally said ‘The Americans are very strong.‘”

During World War II, there was a large push for recruitment of some of the best art students across the country to join the United States Army.  They formed a “deception unit”, or a “ghost army” that appeared to look like a huge mass of soldiers, tanks, trucks and artillery.  However, it was all smoke and mirrors, consisting of inflatable tanks, sound design, and clever applications of fake tank tracks overnight.  Actors also met in pubs, planting false information.  This distracted the enemy from the real troops who were gathering.

To learn more about this fascinating undertaking, which was only de-classified fairly recently, check out the podcast on the subject from 99% Invisible.  (Photo from Retronaut/Mashable, England, c. 1939) 

creepie-treattricker  asked:

Creepie was inside a dark room at the moment and looking around didn't help her much since she couldn't see in the dark but there is a noise she could hear really clearly, the sound of air hissing from a hose. "Hello? Anyone here? If so how did i got here and why is it so dark? And why can i hear the classic noise of air hissing from a hose?"

As it was really dark so that Creepie can not see a single thing, A plump sized woman going by the name of Inga Bittersweet who had a huge interest into expansion had some night vision goggles so that she can find the victim that’s about to be inflated. She took some quite steps towards Creepie and put the inflating hose (Which is where the sound of air hissing is coming from) in her mouth and cranked up the inflating tank.


But you don’t want to do that. Or Afghanistan would all have been for naught.”
Siobhan Sadler, 2x06

“Special forces? JTF2?" 
"Boy scouts.”
- Paul Dierden and Mark Rollins, 2x06

You asked me what happened in Afghanistan. I was a private contractor. I killed six marines. Friendly fire.”
- Paul Dierden, 1x10

When Sarah finally divulges the truth about her relationship with Beth, Paul very nonchalantly says, “You should have just told me that in the first place.” While Paul is known for his stoicism, excluding a few explosive moments, his reaction is unusual. The idea of genetic identicals does not seem to phase him in the slightest. 

What if the six marines Paul killed were clones from the Project Castor experiment? Furthermore, what if he was a private contractor for one of the groups we’ve already been introduced to, specifically Topside or one related to the Proletheans?

Either would be probable, as the three clones of Ari Millen we’ve seen so far are related to each of the three branches we know of: Mark Rollins was with the Proletheans, Miller was with the military, and the third (unknown name) was kept in Marion Bowles’ (affiliated with Topside) home, under lock down. 

With all of that being said, when Tony makes an appearance, his message is:
Keep the faith. Paul’s on it. He’s like me; he’s a ghost." 

As far as the military goes, the Ghost Army was a tactical division used in World War II that mimicked earlier British operations. The Ghost Army impersonated other U.S. Army units to deceive their enemy. A few weeks after D-Day, while in France, the Ghost Army used inflatable tanks, sound trucks, and fake radio transmissions to confuse enemy forces.

If Paul is a ghost in that sense of the word, his involvement with the military could be for Project Leda’s benefit, given that the military abandoned that portion of the experiment in favor of Castor. Paul fits the general ideology of the Ghost Army, seeing as he has flawlessly moved through several different positions in the two seasons that have aired so far. He began in the military, moved into a lower, "entry level” if you will, position with DYAD, and was then promoted to be Rachel’s personal security guard and monitor. He then managed to disappear without any trace at all.

“No trace? No travel alerts, no digital trail, Paul’s disappeared? Keep looking.”
- Rachel Duncan, 2x08

After his impressive disappearance, he reappears in military uniform, though it’s unclear in what capacity, as it just as unclear what purpose Helena serves when she is taken into custody.

Funtimes aren’t always great (Funtime Freddy x Reader) FNaF: SL Chapter 1

 "There’s no doubting what you achieved on a technical level, these are clearly state of the art. There are just certain…design choices that were made for these robots that we don’t fully understand. We were hoping you could shed some lights on those.“  A mysterious voice spoke. "She can dance, she can sing, she’s equipped with a built in helium tank for inflating balloons right at her finger tips, she can take song request, she can even dispense ice cream" Another voice but a little bit more darker replied. "With all due respect. Those aren’t the design choices we were curious about Mr. Afton." The first voice that spoke replied back to him, it was dark you didn’t see anything except that familiar animatronic. You swore you seen her from some where. "Daddy why won’t you let me play with her?" You burst from your sleep sitting up, cold sweat running down your face. You look at your clock it was 12:00 in the afternoon. Ugh I over slept again. You thought, you didn’t like the idea of over sleeping because you felt like you missed too much on the day. I have work today don’t I? You were living on your own and you recently got fired from your last job  at a cafe for ‘spilling’ coffee on a costumer when he spilled it on him self and blamed you. Getting out of your bed you walked over to your dresser to get an out fit for today. Picking a (F/C) T-shirt and jeans with your (F/C) shoes. Walking into the bathroom you turn on the shower and jump in. Feeling the warm water flow down your skin you started thinking of the dream you had last night. That voice sounded familiar. Where did I hear it from? Turning off the shower you grabbed your towel and dried yourself, then grabbing your out fit and changing. You still had a couple of hours till your new job started so you decided to do something to pass the time.
        It was 10 mins before your shift and you made your way to the elevator like what your boss told you to do earlier on the phone, walking inside you took note of your surroundings. Two posters hung opposite from each other, the one on your left showed a girl animatronic that looked like a clown, with green eyes, red dress, and pig tails on her head. Below her was two more animatronics that were clearly smaller than her. They looked like twins with blue eyes and peach colored outfits on. On the top it read Celebrate!
The poster on your right showed a ballerina with her eyes closed and purple hair up in  a bun with a small tiara in it. She also wore a purple tutu and on the top of the poster it said Dance!
The elevator doors closed and started moving. It was quiet until a voice on the intercom spoke. (Sorry if it’s wrong.) " Welcome to your first day of your exciting new career. Whether you were approached at a job fair, read our ad in screws, bolts, and hair pins, or if this is a result of a dare. We welcome you. I will be your personal guide to help you get started. I’m a model 5 of the handy man’s robotics and unit repair system, but you can call me handy unit. Your career promises challenge, intrigue, and endless janitorial opportunities. Please enter your name as seen above the key pad. This cannot be changed later so please be careful.” The voice stopped and a yellow key pad with eyes on the top popped up. You saw your name on the top of the key pad and tried to type it but the keys wouldn’t stop moving. “How the hell am I supposed to?” You whispered to your self. You tried your best to type your name but after trying to type in three letters it stopped. “It seems that you had some trouble with the key pad. I see what you are trying to type, and I will auto-correct that for you. One moment. Welcome, Eggs Benedict.” The Handy unit spoke up and 'corrected’ your name. “That isn’t my name!” You yelled out to it thinking it'l change it. “Well guess that’s my new name now.” You joked around. the elevator stopped and the lights turned off. Handy unit came back on. “You can now open the elevator using that bright, red, and obvious button. Let’s get to work.” You clicked the button and the doors slid open, looking in front of you, you saw yellow tape covering the wall above the vent saying Danger! You looked at the vent then back at the tape. “Danger or not, I need to pay rent this month.” You spoke and got on to your hands and knees and started crawling through the vent. A quarter way in the Handy unit came back online. “Allow me to fill this somewhat frightening silence with some light hearted banter. Due to the massive success and even more so of the unfortunate closing of Freddy Fazbears Pizza. It was clear that the stage was set, no pun intended, for another contender in children’s entertainment. Unlike most entertainment venues, our robotic entertainers are rented out for private parties during the day. And it’s your job to get the robots back in proper working order before the following morning.” When it was done speaking you crawled out of the vent and stood up. “You are now in the primary control module. It’s actually a crawl space between the two front show rooms. Now let’s get started with your daily task. View the window to your left, this is the ballora gallery, party room and dance studio. Encouraging kids to get fit and enjoy pizza. Let’s turn on the light and see if ballora is on stage, press the blue button on the elevated key pad to your left.” You looked at the key pad on the left and saw two buttons on it, the top one was blue with a small picture of what looked like a small symbol to represent light. And the bottom one was red with a lighting bolt on it. Clicking the blue button the light turned on in the Ballora gallery, you didn’t see anyone on stage and you started to freak out a little. “Uh-oh it looks like Ballora doesn’t feel like dancing, let’s give her some motivation. Press the red button now to administer a controlled shock, maybe that will put the spring back in her step.” You clicked the red button to see what they meant by controlled shocked and soon enough you saw a bright flash and a heard a loud noise that sounded like electricity in Ballora gallery. You looked shocked and felt pity for the animatronic, sure they were robots, but they didn’t need to be treated in such a way. “Let’s check the light again.” You clicked the blue button again and saw the ballerina and other small versions dancing on the stage. “Excellent ballora is feeling like her old self again and will be ready to perform again tomorrow. Now   view the window to your right, this is the fun time auditorium, where Fun time Foxy encourages kids to play and share, try the light let’s see what fun time foxy is up too” You clicked the blue button on the key pad to your right and saw nothing on the stage.“ Looks like fun time foxy is taking the day off, lets motivate fun time foxy with a controlled shock.” You hesitate and click the red button to see and hear the same thing that happened in Ballora gallery, you click the blue button and still saw nothing on stage, you stared panicking a little. “ Let’s try another controlled shock” You clicked the button again and the same thing happened. You felt more pity for these animatronics. “Sorry.” You said out loud thinking they can hear you. “Looks like fun time foxy is in perfect working order. Great job. In front of you is another vent shaft, crawl through it to reach the circus gallery control module.” You looked in front of you and saw a vent open up. Getting on your hands and knees you crawled through the opening. Half way there a different voice spoke “Motion trigger: Circus gallery vent.” You started to freak out until you realized it was you. You crawled the rest of the way and climbed out of the vent standing up in a darker room. “ On the other side of the glass is Circus Baby’s auditorium, let’s check the light and see what baby is up too.” Handy unit spoke up. You clicked the blue button on the  key pad in front of you and saw nothing. “ Looks like a few of the lights are out, but we can fix that later. Let’s encourage baby to cheer up with a controlled shock. ” You stared at the key pad and looked back at the glass. “Sorry for doing this.” You spoke and clicked the red button hearing and seeing the same thing when you did that to the other animatronic. You turned on the blue light and still saw nothing. “ Let’s try another controlled shock .” You hated doing this but you really needed the money, so you clicked the red button again and again the lights and noise was heard. You clicked the blue light again and nothing was there. “ . Let’s try another controlled shock. ” You started to get upset that the handy unit was making you do this. You clicked the button again and the same thing happened. “Great job circus baby, we knew we could count on you. That concludes your duties for your first night on the job. We don’t want you to leave over whelmed otherwise you might not come back, please leave using the vent behind you and we’ll see you again tomorrow.” You turned around getting on your hands and knees going to crawl into the vent. You started crawling into the vent slowly until you heard loud banging in the room you were previously in. “Motion trigger: Circus gallery vent.”  You started to crawl faster until you were out. You got into the elevator and it started taking you up.
        You arrived to your small apartment putting down your stuff you walked into the kitchen to grab popcorn, after it was done you walked into the small living room and turned on the t.v to see The Immortal and the mistress on. 
“Another day, another dramatic entry in the lives of Vlad and his distress mistress. Where will they go? What will they do? All of that and more happening now." The guy introduced the show. 
"Clara I tell you, the baby isn’t mine.” A vampire with a purple suite says to a blonde woman in front of him. 
“Count I tell you that it is, you’re the only vampire I ever loved, and the baby turns his bottles into powdered milk.” She said 
“That doesn’t mean anything.” The vampire said waving his hand at her. 
“He sleeps on the ceiling fan.” She explained.
“Upright or upside down?” He asked 
“What does it matter? You need to be part of your son’s life.” She says grabbing the collar of his shirt.
“I’m an old man Clara I can’t be a father.” He said and walked away.
“Well then at least pay your child support you dead beet!” She yelled at him.
“Will Vlad and his distress mistress find common ground? Tune in next time.” The show ended so you tuned off the t.v and headed to bed letting sleep take over.


I did posters. I was in what they called the camouflage secret army. This was in 1943. The people at Fort Meade got the idea to make rubber dummies of tanks, which we inflated on the spot and waited for Germans to see through their night photography or spies. We were in Normandy, for example, pretending to be a big, strong armored division which, in fact, was still in England. That way, even though the tanks were only inflated, the Germans would think there were a lot of them there, a lot of guns, a whole big infantry. We just blew them up and put them in a field. Then all of the German forces would move toward us, and we’d get the call to get out quick. So we had to whsssh [sound of deflating] package them up and get out of there in 20 minutes. Then our real forces, which were waiting, would attack from the rear.

Image Credit: Shot by an unknown photographer, the photo shows a secret U.S. Army unit, the Ghost Army, in World War II that made hundreds of inflatable tanks and other devices of illusion to deceive enemy forces.

Text Excerpt: Ellsworth Kelly by Gwyneth Paltrow in Interview Magazine, Oct 13, 2011


Hidden among the avalanche of documents leaked by Edward Snowden were images from a Powerpoint presentation by GCHQ, entitled The Art of Deception: Training for a New Generation of Online Covert Operations. Images include camouflaged moths, inflatable tanks, women in burqas, and complex diagrams plastered with jargon, buzzwords and slogans: “Disruption Operational Playbook”, “Swap the real for the false and vice versa”, “People make decisions as part of groups” and, beneath a shot of hands shuffling a deck of cards, “We want to build Cyber Magicians”. Curiously, sandwiched in the middle of the document are three photographs of UFOs. Not real ones – classic fakes: one was a hub cap, another a bunch of balloons, and one that turned out to be a seagull.

Devout ufologists might seize upon this as further proof that our governments “know something” about aliens and their transportation methods, but really it suggests the opposite: the UFO community is a textbook case of a gullible group susceptible to manipulation. Having spent too long watching the skies and The X-Files, it’s implied, they’ll readily swallow whatever snippet of “evidence” suits their grand theory.

If there really is a UFO conspiracy, it’s surely the worst-kept secret in history. Roswell, Area 51, flashing lights, little green men, abductions – it’s all been fed through the pop culture mill to the point of fatigue. Even the supposed enforcers of the secret, the “men in black”, have their own movie franchise. But a new documentary, Mirage Men, unearths compelling evidence that UFO folklore was actually fabricated by the US government. Rather than covering up the existence of aliens, could it be that the real conspiracy has been persuading us to believe in them?

anonymous asked:

What did Patton's fake army hope to accomplish in WW2? I can't seem to understand why they would do it.

Patton’s phantom army was actually a brilliant stroke of deception that made the Normandy Landings successful. For those who don’t know, Patton’s fake army was an Allied operation to trick the Germans into believing that the D-Day invasions would occur at the Port of Calais, not on the Normandy beaches.  The Port of Calais is a few hundred miles north of Normandy and had been the traditional invasion point of France by the English during the Middle Ages. 

The deception involved the creation of of a fake army that was “commanded” by Patton.  This included the creation of a huge camp at Kent, England, opposite of Calais.  At Calais the shores of Kent are actually visible to the naked eye.  At the camp they station men who would pretend to be soldiers, set up tents and buildings, created fake inflatable tanks and trucks, and even had Patton give speeches to the men at the camp.  To the German’s, who were watching across the English Channel with high powered telescopes, it looked like a real army.

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To complete the deception British Intelligence broadcasted fake radio messages about the fake army and invasion of Calais, which the German’s overheard.  The British also had their double agents feed the German’s a steady supply of bogus information.

The result was that the Germans took the bait hook, line, and sinker.  During the Normandy landings the bulk of German forces were stationed at Calais to repel an invasion there.  A week into the landings Hitler still believed that the Allies would land at Calais, thinking that the Normandy invasion was merely a diversion.  Most importantly all of the German tank divisions were stationed at Calais.  During the first few weeks of the invasion there were no German tank units at Normandy to stop the invasion.  This allowed the Allies to offload all their troops and heavy equipment while securing a beachhead without being assaulted by German tanks.

mightysavage  asked:

I feel like you didn't really answer my question about DLC - are you telling me there's absolutely no way a publisher would cut out a small portion of a game and sell it separately? Or like Hollywood wouldn't poorly convert many movies to 3D just to earn more money from the tickets? What if theaters played films with extra scenes over weekends because of the bigger prices? You don't know if a movie is good, so wouldn't you feel angry not being able to see all it has to offer on weekdays?

I suppose I should have taken a step back and not skipped explaining the part about how budgets work. I’ll try to do that now. Fair warning - this explanation is likely to be lengthy. You have been warned.

At the very core, we have basic units of developmental resources. Let’s call them “zots”. Each zot represents a specific unit of developmental resource. Zots have a monetary value, because development costs money - each zot represents a certain amount of money spent hiring, training, and paying salaries and benefits of developers. Zots also have a time value, because all development must be constrained by a release schedule. As such, the publishers and developers agree to a budget with an allocated number of zots.

By the time the publisher and team agree on a budget, they have a rough idea of how the zots will be spent - the kind of game it is, the major features, the general critical path and/or storyline, and so on have all been decided and each has a rough number of zots allocated to it. Also by this time, several proposed features have already been cut, due to not having room in the zot budget for them, or for not having the right sort of zots for them (e.g. feature A requires more programming zots, while feature B requires more cinematic designer zots). The published and team then agree to a certain budget of zots to spend on the development of the game over the agreed-upon time frame.

You must understand that when we sit down to hammer out a budget for a game, we are not saying that the final game will be guaranteed to include all of these features. These allocations are still just estimates, after all. Things often change during development - maybe feature X turned out easier/cheaper than expected, but feature Y was just a huge can of worms that ended up costing way too many zots. However, the budget is still important. It gives us a capped amount of time/money/people/resources to spend. 

So let’s break this down using an analogy. This is a balloon drop bag. It is a big plastic bag that holds a bunch of balloons.

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