Pretend cities to fool bombers through history


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I thought the idea went back even further than World War I.


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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.


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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.


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Those are unfortunate pictures that hope to capture grandeur without any measurable man to refer to.


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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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