|Secret soldiers : how the U.S. twenty-third special troops fooled the Nazis|
Author: Janeczko, Paul B.
Meet the Ghost Army that played a surprising role in helping to deceive--and defeat--the Nazis in World War II.
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Interest Level: MG+
Reading Level: 9.10
Points: 11.0 Quiz: 501511
Kirkus Reviews (03/15/19)
School Library Journal (04/01/19)
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Booklist - 04/01/2019 Prior to WWII, the U.S. military displayed a certain disdain for deception, but as the Great War continued, army brass had second thoughts, and the result was the creation of the Twenty-Third Headquarters Special Troops, the subject of Janeczko’s deep dive into the elaborate business of fooling the German forces. The typical ruse perpetrated by the 23rd was to move into an area, secretly take the place of a fighting unit, and then—“with their bag of tricks”—pretend they were the unit they had replaced. The 23rd, Janeczko reports, arrived on Omaha Beach some two weeks after D-Day and would remain in Europe plying its crafty ways until VE Day. In profiling the 23rd, Janeczko has clearly done prodigious research, and the result is an extraordinarily detailed history that sometimes offers a dramatic account of field operations. Occasionally, though, there is so much information that the reader may be lost in the thicket of details. Nevertheless, for teens who enjoy reading about war, this will be a bountiful gift. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 04/01/2019 Gr 9 Up—The use of spies and intercepting information regarding enemies' movements are key to winning any military campaign. But what if the enemy was actually sending false signals, setting up fake encampments and using sophisticated recording equipment to simulate movement that never really happened? Such was the task of the Twenty-Third Special Troops in the European Theater of World War II. Their actions and techniques were so secret they remained classified for 50 years after the war ended. This title follows their story from the conception and recruitment of the units to their final mission and return home. While the beginning is a bit confusing with lots of detail and a rapidly introduced large cast of characters, a rhythm develops taking readers on a journey of intrigue across Europe. This title is not a good choice for a first-time military history reader, as the military jargon begins on page one and little background of the overall conflict is provided throughout. However, for those with a mental map of the war, this book will provide delightful details of a very specialized and secret group. Biographical sketches of many of the members of the Twenty-Third Special Troops are included as well as brief sidebars detailing related topics. Plentiful photographs and maps are included throughout. VERDICT While some might grow weary of reading details of each specific mission, military history lovers will find much to appreciate in this extensive retelling of a skillful deception that helped end World War II.—Emily Beasley, Omaha Public Schools - Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.