May 14, 2003

DUMMY CORPSE

A dummy corpse on the infiltration course at Camp Santa Anita,
Arcadia, California. Designed to harden troops to the realities of
battlefield carnage, this Hollywood-style "special effect" was one
of the more sophisticated attempts to reproduce what a soldier
might see during a barrage. More common was the use of slaughterhouse leftovers (animal entrails strewn over barbed
wire under which recruits had to crawl, for example).