By Gerald Schwab

This booklet tells the heritage of 1 of the main winning OSS operations of worldwide conflict II. 3 OSS agents—two younger immigrants, one from Germany, the opposite from Holland, and a former Austrian Wehrmacht officer—in the midst of iciness make an evening leap into the Austrian Alps, touchdown hip-deep in snow at 10,000 ft. William Casey—then an OSS legit and later head of the CIA—called it by way of a ways the main profitable of the operations fastened from the OSS base at Bari. due to this intrepid threesome, rail and highway communications among the Italian entrance and Germany have been heavily hampered and the town of Innsbruck within the middle of the Nazi's vaunted stronghold referred to as the nationwide Redoubt, fell to American troops and not using a shot being fired.

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Thanks to Mr. Hoover, who became the Founders’ Club president and later the club’s honorary president, the club quickly attracted a wide range of prominent The Making of Secret Agents 31 individuals, including senators, representatives, members of the judiciary, and important names in the arts and sciences. Life memberships were liberally handed out (and accepted), and soon the membership roles were replete with such names as Rockefeller, Astor, DuPont, Armour, Firestone, Baruch, Hearst, and Sinclair.

The purpose of SO was to carry out the physical subversion of the enemy, including such functions as sabotage in enemy territory and support of resistance groups. The OGs were small units, usually about 28 enlisted men and four officers, trained in sabotage, small arms, observation and communication, operating primarily in enemy and enemy-occupied territory such as Italy, France, Norway, and the Balkans. However much the OSS wanted to expand their use into the enemy heartland itself, it was not very successful in mounting many operations in the Reich itself, including Austria.

Becoming increasingly restless while waiting in Naples, a group consisting of Fred and Hans together with their friends Alfred Rosenthal, George Gerbner, and Bernd (Bernie) K. S. Army’s southern European command and OSS headquarters, to plead their case. They met Lt. Col. Howard Chapin, an OSS operations officer who at that time was engaged in setting up a German-Austrian section in Bari, a port city east of Naples on the Adriatic coast, at the top of Italy’s heel. It was the site of an operational base for secret intelligence activities in the Balkans, northern Italy, and Austria.

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