"Rupert" Dummy Paratrooper, National D-Day Museum, New Orleans LA

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    from the display:
    One of the most unusual deception operations for D-Day involved hundreds of these dummy paratroopers, known as "Ruperts." Early on D-Day morning they would be dropped with several real paratroopers east of the invasion zone, in Normandy and the Pas-de-Calais. The dummies were dressed in paratrooper uniforms, complete with boots and helmets. To create the illusion of a large airborne drop, the dummies were equipped with recordings of gunfire and exploding mortar rounds. The real troops would supply additional special effects, including flares, chemicals to simulate the smell of exploded shells, and amplified battle sounds. This operation, code-named "Titanic," was designed to distract and confuse German forces while the main airborne forces landed further to the west.

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    1. redgreen0289 47 months ago | reply

      Not quite what they looked like in "The Longest Day". Any idea how the deception worked?

    2. kickapoo1111 44 months ago | reply

      This is very interesting. I have never heard of this before.

    3. diamondjim489 37 months ago | reply

      I just got back from a 5 day tour of Normandy. Saw numerous "ruperts" at WWII museums.
      I had never heard of them before. Pretty neat!

    4. aubie1716 2 weeks ago | reply

      One of the (unintentionally) funniest lines from "The Longest Day": "GUMMIPUPPEN!" Translated: "Rubber Dummies!"

      They would parachute in behind the Germans and, on contact with the ground, firecrackers and noisemakers would touch off, causing the Germans to think they were being fired upon, causing a diversion for the real paratroopers to either engage from a different direction or skirt the area completely to get to their objectives.

      Neat photo!

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