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 struggle II. A prewar colleague of Allan Dulles, Nelson joined an youngster 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 interesting observations approximately probably the most very important undercover agent operations of the struggle, and his diaries provide an exhilarating, readable and informative glimpse into the lifetime of a secret agent in the course of global conflict II.
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Max and Tom (Stonborough) have a cabin with only two bunks; Frank and I sleep on the metal ﬂoor. The boat is ﬁlthy. 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.
When I get back to town, Frank asks how I’d like to go on a PT run that evening (night of October 31— November 1). ” The job is to put the older Vierin and a young radioman onto the Island of Giglio, about ten miles off the Italian mainland. Their job is to stay there, get in radio contact with us and report on ship movements along the Italian coast. If they spot a convoy, they are to give us the number of ships, the time they spotted them, the types of ships, and their direction. Then the whole PT squadron can go out and waylay the convoy.
A 20 mm. shell hit the side of the house and knocked off a good bit of the tile above the window. May 16, 1943 I heard a good story the other day. An American aviator was over occupied France. He was up very high when his plane gave out and he bailed out by parachute. He passed out on the way down and the next thing he remembers is dangling, head down, from a tree. His hands were frozen and he had no feeling, but he managed to get his knife from his pocket and cut himself down. Finally he got into the resistance chain and was passed from farmhouse to farmhouse.
A Spy's Diary of World War II: Inside the OSS with an American Agent in Europe by Wayne Nelson