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 baby 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 fascinating observations approximately essentially the most very important undercover agent operations of the warfare, and his diaries provide an exhilarating, readable and informative glimpse into the lifetime of a secret agent in the course of global struggle II.
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The boat hops around like a rough airplane ride — only this is continuous, not intermittent, hopping. After proceeding east for nine miles, we head northeast. We lose the accompanying PT (ours was the 212, the other the 216), and have to retrace our steps to reconnect with it. Soon we come into comparatively clear weather. The sky is ﬁlled with stars; it is fairly cool but not really cold. Of course, the water washes all around us. We sight a light on the horizon at one point and think maybe it belongs to an enemy ship.
We go to within about 100 yards of the shore. The cliffs rise steep for about 100 feet, but at the innermost point of the cove there seems to be a little beach. We can discern trees on the sides of the cliffs, so assume there must be a way out of the beach up the hills. Joe is worried about this, so I tell him that when he goes in on the rubber boat, to look for a possible way up the cliff before he gives the signal to retrieve the boat with his ﬂashlight. ) I tell him that if he does not feel certain that there is a way off the beach, to come back.
Then we found that our men had not tried out the radio’s battery that was sent in with the boys. I went to see Barnes again and asked if we could go back to the Island. Frank had suggested getting there at dusk and rendezvousing again sometime after midnight, so my idea of 24 hours or more on land is apparently out. So I saw Barnes and gave him the dope we had gotten. He said the moon was bad just now, but the next time he had three boats going out on patrol, he would take two of our men along and drop them, and come back for them some hours later.
A Spy's Diary of World War II: Inside the OSS with an American Agent in Europe by Wayne Nelson