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Dummy Tank by Gallagher, 1944

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Collectible museum-grade fine art print, hand-printed in England and individually finished with a monogram emboss. Each sale directly supports the artisan. Listed dimensions include a white border for easy framing.


The crew of a real US Army Sherman look in amazement as they pass a dummy tank. These dummy tanks were produced in large numbers to be observed and photographed from the air by enemy reconnaissance aircraft. Often lined up in vast assembly areas, the dummies helped convince enemy Intelligence that there were more armoured units available than there were in reality.

They were designed in Britain largely by film technicians who were used to creating totally artificial backdrops that looked real on camera. The designers, set builders and carpenters from Shepperton Studios to the west of London came up with many designs that were simple and cheap to produce but looked like the real thing from 20,000 feet. The tanks were often made of rubber or canvas around a simple metal frame and could be inflated in about 20 minutes. They were light and could be carried by four men, whereas the real thing could weigh up to 30 tonnes! The dummy tanks were used extensively in Operation Fortitude, the great deception operation around D-Day. – Taylor Downing

Taken: May 20th, 1944
Anzio Area, Italy
Jordan J. Lloyd
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Presented on 315gsm Hahnemühle Photo Rag® Baryta; a pleasantly warm, pure cotton paper with subtle texture, providing excellent reproduction of colour and detail, deep blacks, and perfect contrasts.


"Original caption: Fifth Army. Anzio Area, Italy. Dummy tank designed by British, made of rubber and inflated when used. Can be assembled in 20 minutes. When used in field can simulate tank positions. Comparison between U.S. Army Medium Tank, MARK IV, and the completely inflated and assembled dummy which is slightly smaller."

Dummy Tank by Gallagher, 1944
Dummy Tank by Gallagher, 1944
Dummy Tank by Gallagher, 1944
Dummy Tank by Gallagher, 1944

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