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The Office of Strategic Services and Italian Americans : the untold history / Salvatore J. LaGumina.

Author/Creator:
LaGumina, Salvatore John, 1928- author.
Publication:
[Cham, Switzerland] : Palgrave Macmillan, [2016] , ©2016
Series:
Italian and Italian American studies (Palgrave Macmillan (Firm))
Italian and Italian American studies
Format/Description:
Book
vi, 188 pages ; 22 cm
Subjects:
Italian Americans -- History -- 20th century.
United States. Office of Strategic Services -- History.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Italian Americans.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Secret service -- United States.
Summary:
This book explores the contributions of Italian Americans employed by the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) during World War II. Italian Americans fluent in Italian language and customs became integral parts of intelligence operations working behind enemy lines. These units obtained priceless military information that significantly helped defeat the Axis. They parachuted into frozen mountains tops to link up with Italian guerrilla units in northern Italy or hovered in small patrol torpedo boats and row boats across the Mediterranean Sea in pitch black darkness to destroy railroad junctions.
Contents:
Introduction
Intelligence agency in embryo
Recruitment and training strategies
Corvo and the Connecticut connection
Agents extraordinaire
Operation Husky
Conquering the islands: Sicily, Sardinia, Corsica, Lipari, Ventotene
From Salerno to Anzio
Italian mainland operational groups
OSS and partisans
Conclusion.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 175-180) and index.
ISBN:
331933333X
9783319333335
9783319333342
OCLC:
945745483
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