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Fries Verzetsmuseum, The Netherlands
© Collection Stichting Verzetsmuseum Fryslân

Paradummy used during the liberation of the Netherlands - 1945

Fake parachutists (‘paradummies’) were first used efficiently by German forces occupying Belgium and the Netherlands in 1940 to draw attention away from sites where real soldiers were being dropped. The paradummies were designed to self-destruct, and few remain.