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Faked Them Out

During World War Two, the Germans tried to confuse the Allies by building numerous “decoy” facilities, hoping the enemy would waste time and ammunition attacking the fake targets.

One enemy decoy, built in occupied Holland, led to a tale that has been told and retold ever since by veteran allied pilots.

The German decoy “airfield,” constructed with meticulous care, was made almost entirely of wood. There were wooden hangars, oil tanks, gun emplacements, trucks, and aircraft. The Germans took so long in building their wooden decoy that allied photo experts had more than enough time to observe and report it.

The day finally came when the decoy was finished, down to the last wooden plank. And early the following morning, a lone RAF plane crossed the Channel, came in low, circled the field once, and dropped a large — wooden — bomb.

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