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 conflict 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 the most vital undercover agent operations of the warfare, and his diaries supply an exhilarating, readable and informative glimpse into the lifetime of a secret agent in the course of global battle II.
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Perhaps the next will be more interesting. Hope so. La Maddalena, Sardinia November 4, 1943 Still no word from the boys I put in. Frank is now trying to get the PT’s to send a boat to ﬁnd out where and how they are. I’ve made him promise that I will take one or two of the boys along as interpreters and be in charge of ﬁnding them, since I put them in. My idea is to have a PT drop us one night and pick us up the following night. Yesterday and today I have been making up a training schedule of subjects for the fellows.
Particularly one night when we get word that the Gestapo is on to one of our nests of agents and we have to get word to them to move. We receive word at 7:30 pm, leave dinner, go to the code room, code the message or warning, and hop into the jeep — then it is ready for the next contact. May 26, 1943 We have a car now that will only start on a hill being pushed and that provides amusement in the mornings. 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.
The Italians made an expedition up to Giglio Wednesday night with two small boats to get some people out. ” We found that a certain doctor from the Island had come out with the American aviators who escaped with the boats and spent 24 hours there. Since we were worried about the fact that we have had no radio contact with our boys, Frank and I went to see the Italian Admiralty about getting information from the doctor. We were told by a suave commandant that he would introduce us to doctor if we would come to the Italian Ofﬁcers’ Club yesterday evening.