I learned something new about World War II today. Apparently the allies used “paradummies” during the D-Day invasion. 500 Paradummies, constructed of burlap and straw or sand and made to roughly resemble the human figure, were dropped over France in an effort to confuse the German soldiers and divert troops away from the real drop zones. To further confuse things they included chaff and rifle fire simulators to make it sound like the Germans were being fired upon by these artificial paratroopers. Two teams of British SAS (Special Air Service) soldiers also dropped with these dummies (nicknamed Rupert) to spread further confusion.