I thought the idea went back even further than World War I.
Although it is not true, there was this story about how the Germans built a fake town but all the buildings were only a foot tall. The British were not fooled at all. They came over and dropped wooden dummy bombs on the badly conceived ruse. It sounds good but it was only a story.
ISTR that in North Africa, the Brits built a 2/3rds scale rail yard. Because in the desert, from a height, there wasn’t really anything to tip off that it wasn’t full size and it saved on material.
Those are unfortunate pictures that hope to capture grandeur without any measurable man to refer to.
Here is some who thinks the wooden bomb did happen. It does have all the classic traits of an urban myth, and it doesn’t make a lot of strategic sense.
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