Jonathan Gawne, author of Ghost of the ETO, (and many other great titles) shows the multifaceted deception plans and equipment used to fool the enemy on unit strength and offensive intentions. Thanks as always to Don Patton and everyone at the Dr. Harold C. Deutsch WWII History Roundtable for this and all of your many enlightening events.
What People are Saying about GHOSTS OF THE ETO
“… provides the reader with an informed and informative look at the 23rd Special Troops, who fought the German army at the end of World War II using deception as an effective military tactic. Telling the compelling story of courageous and cunning soldiers through declassified memos and the testimony of survivors, Ghosts Of The Eto is highly recommended reading as being a simply fascinating military history of a hidden aspect of World War II that would have a profound and lasting influence on military strategy and tactics.”
Midwest Book Review
Ghosts of ETO remains a good read not only for the operations of the “23rd HQ” and their influence on the war but also for throwing light on the unit’s inner workings and methodology, as well as on the lives of the men who served in it, some of whom went on to considerable fame in theatre, film or design.
Strategy Page, The New York Military Affairs Symposium
Jonathan Gawne’s engrossing book outlines US Army Psychological Warfare tactics employed to befuddle Germans in World War II.
“…a welcome addition to the history of the US Army’s combat experience in Europe in World War II and deception warfare in particular.”
Journal of America’s Military Past
The ghosts of the European theater in World War II were members of the 23d Headquarters Special Troops who worked to deceive the Germans on the battlefield. Numbering about 75 officers and 950 enlisted men, mainly Engineer and Signal Corps soldiers, attached to the 12th Army Group, the 23d, starting early in July 1944, carried out twenty-two operations during the course of the campaigns. Each assignment receives a chapter in Jonathan Gawne’s account…Jonathan Gawne, so far as I know, is the first to describe in detail the work of this tactical deception unit. He also narrates its origin, training, and postwar history.
Martin Blumenson, Journal of Military History
An excellent, balanced history of the 23rd Special Troops. Gawne tells the story like it was — warts and all. I say this because I was there as commander of the 406th Engineer Combat Company…there is reason to believe that GHOSTS OF THE ETO may be one of the most important books to come out of World War II. It should be read by all officers from the highest to lowest rank and by all noncommissioned officers.
“This book offers a previously untold aspect of war in the European Theatre, that of the actions of the me of the US 23rd Special Troops, who took part in over 22 deception operations against the Germans, some of which had a tremendous impact on how battles in Europe were fought at that time…“The 192-page book features numerous black and white photos, maps and illustrations that lifts the lid on this fascinating aspect of the Second World War”
Military Machines International: World War 1 Vehicle Special