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Assignment Algiers: With the OSS in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations


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Princeton grad Erasmus Kloman was undergoing Army training at Fort Bragg in 1943 when, due to his passing knowledge of French, he was interviewed for potential involvement in "a highly confidential activity." The interview culminated in the question, "Would you be willing to volunteer for hazardous duty behind enemy lines?" He signed up for duty with the newly formed Office of Strategic Services (OSS) and after an intensive period of training in various aspects of espionage, found himself on assignment in wartime Cairo, Algiers, and then Caserta. At age 24 with the title of OSS Acting Chief of Operations in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations, he helped organize and coordinate the actions of Operational Groups (OGs), which infiltrated Italy and occupied France on daring sabotage missions. The OG teams were assigned to cut and harass enemy lines of communication, to attack vital enemy installations, to organize and train local resistance elements, and to furnish intelligence to the Allied forces. Kloman's account of his experience coupled with his extensive research of declassified documents provides an inside view of the "shadow war" within the larger conflagration of World War II. Colorful imagery and photographs enliven a narrative that will appeal to everyone interested in true spy stories.

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Combining his own experiences as an officer with documentary research at the National Archives, Kloman looks at the role of the Office of Strategic Services in World War II North Africa, Southern France, and Italy. Kloman explores the disparate backgrounds of those who volunteered to serve in the organization—the precursor to the Central Intelligence Agency—as well as problems that arose in relations between its operational branches, interactions between the OSS and its British counterpart, and difficulties the OSS encountered in earning acceptance by US military commands. His narrative weaves accounts of behind-the-lines operations with broad views of the military campaigns they supported. An epilogue surveys developments in the intelligence field in the decades since.
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Product Details

With the OSS in the Mediterranean Theater
Kloman, Erasmus H
Kloman, Erasmus H.
US Naval Institute Press
World war, 1939-1945
Secret service
Personal Memoirs
United states
Publication Date:
April 2005
9.24x6.34x.63 in. .77 lbs.

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