watercolour, ink, gouache on paper 35 x 50 cm. 2008. *
This drawing is based on archival photos of General Patton’s decoy army in the months prior to the 1944 D-Day invasion. So as to deceive the Germans as to the invasion plans of the allied army, thousands of rubber inflatable decoy tanks, artillery guns, planes and landing crafts were amassed around Dover, England. This decoy army tricked the Germans into believing the main allied invasion would be made somewhere near Calais, France.