A Spy's Diary of World War II: Inside the OSS with an by Wayne Nelson
By Wayne Nelson
Listed below are the wartime diaries of Wayne Nelson, an OSS officer who served in North Africa and Europe in the course of international warfare II. A prewar colleague of Allan Dulles, Nelson joined an toddler OSS after failing to hitch the army due to a imaginative and prescient incapacity, and he went directly to serve in North Africa, Sicily, Sardinia, Italy, Corsica, and mainland France. Erudite and a talented author, Nelson captured interesting observations approximately probably the most vital undercover agent operations of the battle, and his diaries provide an exhilarating, readable and informative glimpse into the lifetime of a undercover agent in the course of global conflict II.
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And I’ll be dammed if those Germans don’t pick this night to raid. M. the alarm sounded. You could hear people running in the street in about ﬁfteen seconds on their way to the shelter. We had the windows and shutters shut, so could see nothing. Frank ﬁnally got up after the guns started and we heard a couple of bombs in the distance. I was going to stay in bed, but in about ten minutes one came near enough to rattle the windows, so I got up. And this was the ﬁrst night’s sleep in a bed in sixteen days (and the next night I am probably going off to that island and will get no sleep there either).
Then Carl Coon, a former Harvard anthropologist and Arab specialist who was in North Africa long before the invasion, and more recently has been up at the Tunisian front, comes back to Algiers. I have never seen a man so close to a nervous breakdown. He has been out on patrol in enemy territory, strafed by the Germans, besieged in a lighthouse at Captain Svuerat while booby trapping in enemy territory. When I saw him it seemed impossible for him to stand or sit still for even one second. I should judge him to be about 42 or 43, a swell person, with a marvelous sense of humor.
This was the so-called “Ron 15” which carried some ﬁfty operations on to Italian and French territory during World War II. Wayne Nelson La Maddalena, Sardinia October 31,1943 The afternoon of October 31, while I am in charge of the gang doing rubber boat and pistol practice, a couple of the boys come out to get one of the men to go on a mission. This is a real mission and will be conducted close by — not like those we imagined in Washington where The pioneering American Navy Torpedo Boat (MTB), known as Ron 15, that carried some 50 OSS operations onto Italian and French territory.