Donovan's Devils: OSS Commandos Behind Enemy Lines—Europe, World War II

Donovan s Devils OSS Commandos Behind Enemy Lines Europe World War II The OSS Office of Strategic Services created under the command of William Donovan has been celebrated for its cloak and dagger operations during World War II and as the precursor of the CIA As the Oh

  • Title: Donovan's Devils: OSS Commandos Behind Enemy Lines—Europe, World War II
  • Author: Albert Lulushi
  • ISBN: 9781628725674
  • Page: 259
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The OSS Office of Strategic Services created under the command of William Donovan, has been celebrated for its cloak and dagger operations during World War II and as the precursor of the CIA As the Oh So Social, it has also been portrayed as a club for the well connected before, during, and after the war Donovan s Devils tells the story of a different OSS, that of ordiThe OSS Office of Strategic Services created under the command of William Donovan, has been celebrated for its cloak and dagger operations during World War II and as the precursor of the CIA As the Oh So Social, it has also been portrayed as a club for the well connected before, during, and after the war Donovan s Devils tells the story of a different OSS, that of ordinary soldiers, recruited from among first and second generation immigrants, who volunteered for dangerous duty behind enemy lines and risked their lives in Italy, France, the Balkans, and elsewhere in Europe Organized into Operational Groups, they infiltrated into enemy territory by air or sea and operated for days, weeks, or months hundreds of miles from the closest Allied troops They performed sabotage, organized native resistance, and rescued downed airmen, nurses, and prisoners of war Their enemy showed them no mercy, and sometimes their closest friends betrayed them They were the precursors to today s Special Forces operators.Based on declassified OSS records, personal collections, and oral histories of participants from both sides of the conflict, Donovan s Devils provides the most comprehensive account to date of the Operational Group activities, including a detailed narrative of the ill fated Ginny mission, which resulted in the one of the OSS s gravest losses of the war.

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    1. (Note: I received a free copy of this book through First Reads.)The OSS is primarily known as a spy organization- the precursor to the CIA- that operated during World War II; but they also operated commando units which operated behind enemy lines during the war, in places like Italy, Yugoslavia, and occupied France. Those units- filled with immigrants to America from the countries involved, or descendants of immigrants, who still spoke their native tongue- did things like coordinate Allied forc [...]

    2. This book looks at the evolution and operations of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), which proved to be the precursor to the CIA, during the Second World War.The opening detailing the foundation of the OSS by Donovan supported by FDR, and against the will of the US Military it must be said, and how they recruited and trained their men I found particularly fascinating. Donovan knew that the OSS needed to hit the ground running and learned from the already existing Allied (primarily British) [...]

    3. Albert Lulushi's book is filled with fascinating historical information, but what makes it very difficult to put down is the human detail he provides. I'm stunned by the amount of research he must have done and how he weaves the strands together. Whether your interest is primarily World War II in Europe or the creation of CIA and US Special Forces or if you just enjoy a highly engaging war history, you won't be disappointed with Donovan's Devils.

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