Ghost Army tank on exhibit through Jan. 31

Ghost Army tank on exhibit through Jan. 31

WOONSOCKET - A life-sized inflatable tank is now on display at the Museum of Work & Culture. Unveiled at the R.I. theatrical premiere of Rick Beyer's documentary, The Ghost Army, at the Stadium Theatre Nov. 7, the tank is part of the complementary exhibit The Ghost Army of WWII - Artists of Deception, on display until Jan. 31, 2014. War, deception, and art come together in the exhibit, which tells the astonishing true story of American G.I.s who duped Hitler's army with carefully crafted illusions.

During WWII, the 23rd HQ Special Troops undertook a bizarre mission: to deceive the Axis forces on the battlefields of Europe by means of visual and auditory subterfuge, including an array of inflatable weapons and transport, phony radio broadcasts, and even playacting!

The exhibit, sponsored by Blackstone Valley Tourism Council, features rare deception artifacts, photographs and reproduction of the art created by the soldiers of the 23rd. Also presented is the exclusive segment on Woonsocket's role in Ghost Army, specially produced by Beyer for the exhibit.