During WWII, what does the term 'ghost division' generally mean?
a division that only existed on paper
A 'ghost division' or phantom division was a division that existed on paper only. This was done prior to D-Day by the Allies to fool and misguide the Germans about the actual strength and intentions of the invasion force. Like real divisions, they had a HQ, a division patch and radio traffic. The 7th Panzer Division, commanded by Rommel in 1940 in France also had this nickname and kept it throughout Operation Barbarossa.
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