Artwork : ArchiveNo00171

'Rupert' Parachute Dummy 1944


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Artefact

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Contributor

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ContributionForm
Contributor Name D-Day Museum
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Profession

Location Southsea
Collection Date 29.09.08 10.31am
Artefact Name 'Rupert' Parachute Dummy
Artefact Description Human figure made of Hessian and attached to a parachute.The parachute is made of silk and is of smaller scale than a usual parachute.
Good condition.
Artefact Date 1944
Artefact Stored In display case - the D-Day Story
Artefact Form

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Sample Taken Piece of thread from Hessian dummy – right-hand
Sample Image

History of Artefact These were designed for use on D-Day. In the early hours of D-Day parachutists were being dropped by the allies on either side of the beach-lands in Normandy. These dummies were dropped in other areas and got scattered all over the place because of high winds etc. as a decoy. The idea was that the Germans, from a distance and at night, would see these objects as real parachutists (the parachute and dummy were made in proportion to each other but on a smaller scale). When they were found on the ground the Germans were confused as to which had been the real parachutists and which had been the dummies. Some had devices on them that once landed would make a noise like gunfire to confuse the Germans in to thinking that a battle was taking place.
The object is in very good condition so probably had not been used in the battle.
Historian Andrew Whitmarsh
Previous Owners The British Army
Special Memories ‘We bought this at auction circa 1984-85. We don't know its previous history.’ Andrew Whitmarsh
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