Book: Spy On History: Victor Dowd and the World War II Ghost Army
Series: Spy on History #2
Publisher: Workman Publishing Company
Date Published: January 23rd, 2018
Source: Copy Provided by Pub
Your mission: Find Victor Dowd’s missing sketchbook. And discover one of the most unusual stories of World War II.
Meet the 603rd Camouflage Engineers, better known as the Ghost Army. This group of artists and sound engineers were trained to deceive the Germans in World War II with everything from fake tanks to loudspeakers broadcasting the sound of marching troops. And meet Victor Dowd, a real-life sergeant who with his fellow Ghost Army troops fought his way from Normandy, through France, and eventually across the Rhine.
Second in the Spy on History series, it’s a compelling story of a little-known chapter from the war—and a mystery to solve. Using spycraft materials included in a sealed envelope, readers will discover and unravel the clues embedded in the book’s text and illustrations, and uncover the mystery of Victor Dowd’s missing sketchbook.
I’m happy today to be featuring another Spy on History book! Last time, I featured the story of Mary Bowser- a former slave turned spy during the Civil War. (You can read my post here.) This time, its the story of Victor Dowd- a soldier in World War II.
I love these books because they’re really engaging. Theres lots of puzzles, riddles, and fun tools to help you solve the mystery. I think its a great tool to teach kids about history and makes learning a lot of fun! The book is filled with great illustrations like this one:
Answer Me One Question
As a part of this tour, I’ve been asked to answer this one question: If you were a member of the Ghost Army, which of your creative skills would you utilize to deceive the German troops?
I knew the answer to this immediately. I would help forge documents. I have a knack for being able to copy handwriting and drawings from other images, and I think it would be very helpful in deceiving German troops. I love reading stories about spies who intercept enemy communications and create fakes in order to deceive whomever the letter was intended for.
If you’re looking for a great history book for your children, family members, various other kids in your life, or even your classroom, this would be a great book to look into!