Japanese decoys used in World War II

During the Second World War, both sides used fake tanks and planes to mislead their opponents and conceal real troop movements.

This gallery shows some of Japan’s Bamboo Bombers and Stone tanks.

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The Japanese painted a decoy B-29 with 300-foot wingspread, so scaled that it appears to be flying at several thousand feet, on the Tien Ho airfield in China on March 9, 1945. From a great altitude the decoy, gives the illusion of a B-29 in flight with flames streaming from its port inboard engine. The Japanese figured other planes would drop down to investigate and become targets for heavy concentration of flack. (AP Photo/U.S. Navy/Pool)

Camouflaged "dummy" planes on Japanese airfield on Okinawa, April 16, 1945. (AP Photo/Charles Gorry)

U.S. Military inspect a Japanese "dummy" plane on Okinawa, June 16, 1945. (AP Photo/Charles Gorry)

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Camouflaged "dummy" planes on Japanese airfield on Okinawa, April 16, 1945. (AP Photo/Charles Gorry)

April-July, 1945, Japan --- A U.S. marine soldier rips a board from a wooden replica of a tank used by the Japanese on Okinawa to attract American fire toward the dummy rather than the real thing. April-July 1945. --- Image by © CORBIS

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