By Wayne Nelson
Listed here are the wartime diaries of Wayne Nelson, an OSS officer who served in North Africa and Europe in the course of global struggle II. A prewar colleague of Allan Dulles, Nelson joined an child OSS after failing to affix the military 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 fascinating observations approximately probably the most vital secret agent operations of the struggle, 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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The ﬁre ceases. There is silence. ” “You ain’t kidding,” he replies. Someone in the darkness says, “Guess it’s all over. ” He moves toward the stairs and the ﬁring commences again. He moves back to his previous position. Then the bastards start diving. Now they are fooling around continuously near our part of the island. Three more phases of this raid, and then they stop. The last three times were enough to make me hold my breath. When you hear a plane diving nearby, it is not pleasant, and always too close for comfort.
Apparently it is fairly ordinary practice in parts of Sardinia and Southern Italy to eat octopus — raw! Whew! Heard some of the boys talking about the whores on the island this morning. M.. Then back to the brothel. Then there 42 A Spy’s Diary of World War II Harbor scenes, La Maddelena, Sardinia, and Bastia, Corsica, January 1944. 3. La Maddalena 43 are separate hours for the Italian soldiers, American and British soldiers and sailors, American and British ofﬁcers — I don’t know where the local civilian population ﬁts in.
Most of our guys go to the shelter (we think some of them do so because the prostitutes from the house up the hill about three blocks away will probably be there) but Frank and I and about ﬁve others stay in the small lobby by the door to the street. The ﬁring ceases. Most of it has been down near Capraia, by the PT base. After about ﬁve minutes it commences again. This time the guns on the hill near us open up, but the direction of the ﬁre is not toward or over our building. The ﬁring ceases again for a few minutes.
A Spy's Diary of World War II: Inside the OSS with an American Agent in Europe by Wayne Nelson