World War 2 Diversion Tactics


Matchbook Trickery

By: Kellar Ellsworth

In wartime, generals use every tool in their arsenal - from ammunition to propaganda, even matchbooks! Psychological warfare—mind games—were powerful tools in the history of warfare and remain so today.... Read More

Inflatables in WW 2

By: Kellar Ellsworth

Inflatables—nothing more than plastic filled with air—are put to an endless amount of uses. Besides their entertainment value, inflatables can provide transportation, ranging from a child’s raft to a military-grade... Read More

The Homeless Man Decoy

By: Alison

All's fair in love and war right? That's what the Allies believed during World War II when they pulled the homeless man decoy - formally called Operation Mincemeat - on... Read More

Japanese Jellyfish Bomb

By: Alison

It's a bird! It's a plane! No, it's a... bomb? In the 1940s, the Japanese developed a new type of bomb: the Japanese balloon bomb, more commonly known as the jellyfish bomb. Keep... Read More

Razzle-Dazzle Ships – Camouflage in World War II

By: Alison

"Razzle-dazzle 'em and they'll never catch wise." That was the U.S. military's plan anyway. During World War I, a new trend emerged that would help camouflage ships, submarines, and aircraft:... Read More

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