By Wayne Nelson
Listed below are the wartime diaries of Wayne Nelson, an OSS officer who served in North Africa and Europe in the course of global warfare II. A prewar colleague of Allan Dulles, Nelson joined an little one OSS after failing to hitch the army 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 interesting observations approximately one of the most very important undercover agent operations of the battle, and his diaries supply an exciting, readable and informative glimpse into the lifetime of a undercover agent in the course of global battle II.
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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.
This happened many times so when it ﬁnally came off, the whole German and Italian force was caught unaware. The German Armistice Commission (from Oran) that was captured and taken to England to be interrogated denounced one of our local (alien) agents in Oran as having worked for them. The Frenchman who was a collaborationist and who is still in charge of police at Oran, is sore at Leland. The local man is put in the French army, arrested and sent to Morocco where he is condemned to death. The British did not check with us before giving the French this report.
There is a gang of little Arab kids — all between the ages of four or six and seven — and they make a daily big show of pushing us manfully to get started. ” We give them some chewing gum or candy. As we pass by on the street, almost any place, there are often cute little Arab kids who come to attention and salute. May 13, 1943 Yesterday was my birthday and we had not had any raids for a couple of weeks. The campaign in Tunis had just ﬁnished and we were all thinking that there would be no more excitement of that nature.
A Spy's Diary of World War II: Inside the OSS with an American Agent in Europe by Wayne Nelson