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 international conflict II. A prewar colleague of Allan Dulles, Nelson joined an boy or girl OSS after failing to affix the military as a result of 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 very important secret agent operations of the conflict, and his diaries provide an exciting, readable and informative glimpse into the lifetime of a undercover agent in the course of global battle II.
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Naturally, I go through everything carefully to see that there are no documents on me in case of capture. Commander Barnes, Lt. ) Sinclair, Frank, the two boys, another naval ofﬁcer, and I have a ﬁnal conference with the Italian captain of a barge that has just escaped from the Island in the last few days. The captain of the barge points out two possible sites at which to land. He tells us that Germans are not stationed regularly on the Island, but that they go there periodically. The landing points are selected.
Since I’m handling all SI training — I wish I could speak Italian, but I am picking up some useful phrases. Today went out to the camp on Capraia (a small island) for some pistol practice. Pete Durante was directing rubber boat practice for the four teams that have been working out together. When they ﬁnished I got in a boat with Pete and paddled about 25 yards. Did all right, too, Pete says. First time I ever got in one of the things — interesting, but I imagine it gets pretty tiring over a longer distance; they’re damned slow.
C rations are all that is served for all meals in the ofﬁcers mess. An American Ack-Ack crew is also on board. Sometime that night we pull out. October 22, 1943 The day is again calm. The corvette is about 1 ⁄ 2 mile ahead. Then comes our ship. Then the other LST, about 500 yards behind us. We *OSS Field Report 32 3. La Maddalena 33 don’t sight a thing the next day. Trafﬁc is still pretty much conﬁned to the African coastline this far east — the Germans bombed a convoy just off that coast about ten days ago and got several ships.
A Spy's Diary of World War II: Inside the OSS with an American Agent in Europe by Wayne Nelson