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Operatives, spies, and saboteurs : the unknown story of the men and women of World War II's OSS

Author: Patrick K O'Donnell
Publisher: New York : Free Press, ©2004.
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The battles of World War II were won not only by the soldiers on the front lines, and not only by the generals and admirals, but also by the shadow warriors whose work is captured for the first time in Operatives, Spies, and Saboteurs. Thanks to the interviews and narrative skills of Patrick O'Donnell and to recent declassifications, an entire chapter of history can now be revealed. A hidden war -- a war of  Read more...
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O'Donnell, Patrick K., 1969-
Operatives, spies, and saboteurs.
New York : Free Press, ©2004
(OCoLC)607139970
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Patrick K O'Donnell
ISBN: 074323572X 9780743235723
OCLC Number: 54464222
Description: xviii, 365 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Spy school --
R & D and "The campus" --
Intrigue in North Africa and Iberia --
Up the boot --
On Hitler's doorstep, the OSS in Switzerland --
Into the Balkans, Yugoslavia and Albania --
"SMASHEM", Greece --
From frogmen to SEALs, the OSS Maritime Unit (MU) --
Infiltrating France --
Paving the way for Overlord --
Dragoon --
X-2, counterespionage --
Approaching the Reich --
Catastrophe in Czechoslovakia --
Psych Ops, Morale Operations (MO) and origins of psychological warfare --
Penetrating the Reich --
Backroom negotiations, Sweden and Norway --
Northern Italy --
Final missions and conclusion.
Responsibility: Patrick K. O'Donnell.
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A history of World War II espionage and covert operations activities, presented from the perspective of OSS agents, recounts numerous secret missions that contributed to the war's outcome.  Read more...

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Captain Robert A. Gormly, USN (Ret.)author of "Combat Swimmer" and former commander, SEAL Teams Two and Six and Naval Special Warfare Group Two"Operatives, Spies, and Saboteurs" is a superbly told Read more...

 
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