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 child OSS after failing to affix 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 exciting observations approximately the most very important secret agent operations of the struggle, and his diaries supply an exhilarating, readable and informative glimpse into the lifetime of a secret agent in the course of international conflict II.
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I found that there was indeed a good possibility that the Germans are on the Island, but the doctor did not think so. It seems well established that they do visit the Island frequently, though at irregular intervals. They came and took twenty hostages off last week (because the two American aviators got away), and the black shirts (Italian fascist militia) watch on behalf of the Germans and are in radio contact with them. Well, the way it stands now, the PT commander may say “okay” at any moment and I will be off with one guy and a couple of guns.
And I’ll be damned if those guys didn’t start eating it raw! I’ll be stewed, screwed and tattooed if it isn’t the damndest thing I ever saw. Apparently it is fairly ordinary practice in parts of Sardinia and Southern Italy to eat octopus — raw! Whew! Heard some of the boys talking about the whores on the island this morning. M.. Then back to the brothel. Then there 42 A Spy’s Diary of World War II Harbor scenes, La Maddelena, Sardinia, and Bastia, Corsica, January 1944. 3. La Maddalena 43 are separate hours for the Italian soldiers, American and British soldiers and sailors, American and British ofﬁcers — I don’t know where the local civilian population ﬁts in.
M. we leave the vicinity of the island. Sinclair tells me we are going patrolling to look for prey. We are to proceed southeast to the Island of Giannutri, then between that and the mainland, turning south toward Civitavecchia. He says there has been a mineﬁeld sown here recently, but no one knows exactly where it is, but we hope to skirt it. Apparently we do so, for the rest of the trip is uneventful. Finally, sighting nothing, we start for home. M. I curl, or rather twist, myself into a ledge in the pilot house, rather than the ofﬁcers’ bunks, because the radar is there and I don’t want to miss anything, just in case.
A Spy's Diary of World War II: Inside the OSS with an American Agent in Europe by Wayne Nelson