WORLD WAR II

OSS

Operations in/against Other Countries

A - G

 

Allen, Susan Heuck. Classical Spies: American Archaeologists with the OSS in World War II Greece. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press, 2011.

According to Peake, Studies 56.3 (Sep. 2012) and Intelligencer 19.3 (Winter-Spring 2013), the author "relies heavily on primary sources from the National Archives" to tell this story of OSS's crew of archaeologists who staffed "its Greek Desk in Washington and, later, Cairo." This work "fills a genuine gap in OSS history and is a truly invaluable contribution."

Booth, Waller B.

1. Mission Marcel-Proust: The Story of an Unusual OSS Undertaking. Philadelphia: Dorrance, 1972.

Ronald B. Sorobey, "Ukrainians Fight for France," at http://forum.ottawa-litopys.org/france/sorobey.htm tells the following about Operation Marcel-Proust: On the night of 7 September 1944, five-man OSS Team Marcel-Proust, headed by Lt. Col. Waller B. Booth, parachuted into the Confracourt area to provide assistance to the Free French forces and two Ukrainian battalions that had defected from the Germans and joined with the French resistance.

2. "War by 'Other Means.'" Army 25, no. 1 (1975): 21-24.

Petersen: "COI/OSS operations in Spain."

Colby, William E. "OSS Operations in Norway: Skis and Daggers." Studies in Intelligence (Winter 1999-2000): 53-60; CIRA Newsletter 25, no. 2 (Summer 2000): 38-45.

In this fragment found in "some old CIA files," Colby relates his personal experiences with "Operation Rype" of the Norwegian Special Operations Group, OSS, "the first and only combined ski-parachute operation ever mounted by the US Army."

Coon, Carleton S. North Africa Story: An Anthropologist as OSS Agent, 1941-1943. Ipswich, MA: Gambit,1980.

Chambers feels that Coon "manages to get a handle on the harsher aspects of OSS in the field that others have avoided." Constantinides notes that the work "discusses the wide range of activities Coon had to perform and shows U.S. intelligence in the early stage of learning its craft."

Corvo, Max. The OSS in Italy 1942-1945: A Personal Memoir. New York: Praeger, 1990.

Surveillant 1.1 comments that Corvo, who was "chief of OSS operations in Italy during the Italian campaign, details the work of the Italian Secret Intelligence Section, its relationship to other parts of the Intelligence Community, and the impact of its operations on postwar US-Italian relations." He reveals "several operations that have not been discussed publicly before." MacPherson, I&NS 6.3, calls this a "detailed, if sometimes myopic, narrative of the intelligence war in the Italian theatre." Although it is "lacking in analytical perspective," Corvo has made "a useful addition to the existing histories of the OSS and wartime Allied intelligence."

According to Ugino, MI 19.2, the book is an "'upclose and personal' look at how operations were planned and carried out.... Using first-generation Italian-Americans and Italian exiles, OSS built Italian SI into a first class intelligence gathering tool.... Corvo effectively draws a picture of the turf battle that emerged after World War II that would eventually give birth to the CIA.... The only criticism of Corvo's book is the lack of a concluding chapter to tie together lessons learned."

Downes, Donald. The Scarlet Thread: Adventures in Wartime Espionage. London: Derek Vershoyle, 1953. New York: British Book Centre, 1953.

Constantinides: This is the "personal reminiscence of an American who ... served in British intelligence before Pearl Harbor." During the war, Downes served with the OSS in North Africa and Italy, and was connected with an ill-fated OSS intelligence-collection operation in Spain. "Downes's account is partisan and cannot be relied on completely for accuracy."

Downs, Jim.

1. "Lessons From the Failure of the OSS/SOE DAWES Mission." Journal of Intelligence History 2, no. 1 (Summer 2002). [http://www.intelligence-history.org/jih/ previous.html]

The Dawes mission was one of a series of OSS teams sent into an area of Czechoslovakia held by Czech partisans in September 1944. After Czech defenses broke down toward the end of October, team members fled the area but were captured, tortured, and killed by the German military.

2. World War II: OSS Tragedy in Slovakia. Oceanside, CA: Liefrinck, 2002.

According to Jonkers, AFIO WIN 48-02 (17 Dec. 2002), this work "tells the story of an OSS unit supporting local partisans, some two dozen American and British agents, and two women, whose mission in Slovakia ran afoul of German counterintelligence in 1944. Pursued by an 'Abwehr' unit through rugged terrain in frigid weather, most lost their lives.... The story is set in a complicated mosaic of personalities of all nationalities, in obscure towns and villages, and may be a challenge to follow for some."

Duke, Florimond, with Charles M. Swaart. Name, Rank and Serial Number. New York: Meredith Press, 1969.

Constantinides: This is the story of the ill-fated Mission Sparrow in which Duke and two other OSS officers parachuted into Hungary in March 1944 to attempt to arrange a Hungarian surrender. See Peterecz, "Sparrow Mission," I&NS 27.2 (Apr. 2012): 241-260.

Dwyer, T. Ryle. "Why De Valera Got a Bum Rap on Being Pro-Nazi Because of U.S Ambassador." IrishCentral.com, 4 Nov. 2012. [http://www.irishcentral.com]

Although the title focuses on the hatred of De Valera by U.S. Envoy to Ireland David Gray (1940-1947), the intelligence aspects of this article involve the extensive cooperation of Irish security entities with OSS representatives, principally Ervin Ross "Spike" Marlin and after mid-1944 Edward Lawler.

Freeman, Gregory A. The Forgotten 500: The Untold Story of the Men Who Risked All for the Greatest Rescue Mission of World War II. New York: Penguin, 2007.

Nels, Air & Space Power Journal 23.4 (Winter 2009), notes that this work is about "Operation Halyard, the largest behind-enemy-lines rescue mission of World War II." It tells "the story of the daring rescue of hundreds of downed Airmen from under the noses of the German army and the sacrifices made by Serbs in order to facilitate that rescue." The author has written the book "for a general audience, and the subject matter benefits from this treatment."

George, Willis. Surreptitious Entry. New York: Appleton-Century, 1946.

Clark comment: Disgruntled second-story man for OSS and ONI tells all. For Constantinides, this is "a good handbook on clandestine techniques of entry ... and on surveillance.... George headed the OSS team that made entry into Amerasia's offices."

Giannaris, John ("Yannis"). Yannis. San Jose, CA: Pilgrimage Press, 1988.

Surveillant 2.2: OSS mission into Greece during World War II.

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