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? about those parachuting dummies from The Longest Day


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I was pleasntly surprised to learn that the allies used parachuting dummies during the attack of Normandy. I esp. liked the germans saying parachuting dummies in german it sounded funny. How many did they drop? Are there any dummies on display in the US or a website to see one. Which part of France did they put the dummies? Where the German generals thought the invasion would take place?

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The real dummies used during the invasion were less detailed -- and, therefore, less photogenic -- than the ones made for the film. The real invasion had real darkness, not carefully-lit Hollywood darkness, and the dummies generally only had to be recognized by the Germans as "troops" in silhouette and at a distance before the pyrotechnics embedded in the figurines detonated.

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movieman and vallo thank you for the info i printed the essay but my printer acted up some however, I went to the paradummy website and read it fascinated. It tells how the 100 of dummies were dropped with 6 men with them. The Longest Day didn't detail this and I was glad to get this info. This was my first veiwing of The Longest Day and I'm glad I watched. I was even yelling at the TV urging the allies on-thanks TCM for the Memorial Day marathon

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