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Dummy parachutist dropped during D-Day to be auctioned

A dummy which was one of 500 parachutists over Normandy to confuse the enemy before D-Day is going up on the auction block.

The “paradummies” – nicknamed Ruperts – were designed to explode and burst into flames when they hit the ground in order to hide their presence and purpose.

They were dropped in four locations over Normandy at about the same time thousands of Allied airmen landed in the correct drop-zones on the night of June 5, 1944.

Six SAS soldiers were dropped alongside the puppets and played recordings of loud battle noises in order to divert the Nazi troops from the real invasion.

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