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The demands of unconventional warfare spurred the OSS to develop highly destructive sabotage mechanisms guaranteed to take the enemy by surprise. From "Aunt Jemima" (explosive baking flour) to the limpet mine, these weapons did not disappoint. For…

As head of OSS Secret Intelligence in London, Casey brought tenacity and determination to his mission of sending operatives to infiltrate Nazi Germany. He would also exhibit these same characteristics as Director of Central Intelligence 40 years…

Major General William "Wild Bill" Donovan will always be known as the father of modern American intelligence. His ingenuity and guidance steered the OSS through the young organization's successes and hiccups and simultaneously proved the value of…

General Donovan encouraged the Research & Development Branch of the OSS to fabricate weapons in house for officers in the field. Ranging from the incredibly complex to the remarkably simply, OSS knives and guns were intended for easy and effective…

The OSS station in Bern, Switzerland, was so close to the German border that the site was nicknamed "Hitler's doorstep". Dulles served as Station Chief at this critical post and mounted numerous intelligence operations, including efforts to breach…

Black propaganda was the specialty of the Morale Operations Branch of the OSS. Designed to look as though it had been produced by disgruntled Germans or Japanese, this misinformation was targeted to weaken Axis morale. For more about the OSS and the…

Major General William "Wild Bill" Donovan will always be known as the father of modern American intelligence. His ingenuity and guidance steered the OSS through the young organization's successes and hiccups and simultaneously proved the value of…
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