I was reading the war diary today of the 2nd battalion Lancashire Fusiliers at Monte Cassino.It states on the 5th April 1944 a ghost gun was set up in no-mans land to presumably confuse the germans in the Monastery. Wishing to find out more about this ghost gun, I looked in John Hallam's very good book, The History Of The Lancashire Fusiliers 1939-1945. He writes, Other ways were devised to keep the enemy in the Monastery always uncomfortable.One of the most successful was the Ghost Gun. The Ghost Gun was a .303 Vickers of the machine-gun platoon which had been fixed up in no-mans land, the CO providing the ideas, Sergeant 'Mucky' Mason the technical know-how,in such a way that it could be fired by remote control. A length of cable was attached to the trigger mechanism and laid out carefully along the , ground, taking care to avoid any rocks or other snarls that might foul it, until the other end lay ready to hand on Machine Gun Ridge. Each day, in the earliest hours of dawn, Sergeant Mason went out to the Ghost Gun, loaded it with a fresh belt,and aimed it at one of the windows of the Monastery. Then, from the comparative safety of his shelter,he would fire a burst from time to time during the day. Machine guns and mortars would search for it from the German side, and the ghost gun would relapse into silence. Then just as the Germans were congratulating themselves on having stopped it, Sergeant Mason would give another pull on the cable and the whole business began over again. See image of the Monastery drawn 1st April 1944. taken from the L/F war diary.(click on the image to enlarge) regards............Graham.