During the war, John Ford was the head of the photographic unit for the Office of Strategic Services, creating new aerial filming techniques for the military, directed many of the U.S.’s wartime propaganda films, and filmed the D-Day landing himself. He also informed the agency about a suspected Japanese presence near the coastal areas of Baja.
Meet Virginia Hall. She was on the front lines of intelligence gathering during World War II. She first worked for the British Special Operations Executive developing a spy network in Vichy France, and then escaped to Spain in late 1942. In 1944, Hall joined the Office of Strategic Services in order to return to France.German military movements. The Gestapo knew her as the “limping lady,” and called her the most dangerous of all Allied spies. See slide 26 of slide show
Secrets Of War, Espionage 08 -The OSS. The story of the formation of the Office of Strategic Services, the predecessor to the CIA. From the recruitment and training of secret agents to undercover missions, OSS agents played an important role on the “Invisible Battlefield” in WWII.*
Peter Ortiz (né Pierre Ortiz) (1913-88) COL USMC 42-45 WW II. A U.S. citizen, joined the French Foreign Legion (32-35/39-40) rising to Lt. Served in OSS. Jumped behind enemy lines to become French resistance leader. In Lyons he heard Germans insult the USMC & held gun to their heads til they joined in toast to Marines, & then managed to escape. Earned Navy Cross 2, Purple Heart 2, Legion of Merit, OBE, Croix de Guerre 5. Not well remembered but in “Rio Grande” (‘50) and “Wings of Eagles”…
John Ford (1894-1973) (Movie Director) [My Darling Clementine (1946), many John Wayne movies]. Ford enlisted in U.S. Navy and became head of photograpic unit with the rank of commander. He was on the USS Hornet and filmed the departure of Doolittle's Raiders for their Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo. Ford was wounded during the Battle of Midway and received a Purple Heart. He moved to the ETO as head of the photographic unit for the Office of Strategic Services. In preparation for D-Day he crossed…
TURD TRANSMITTER -Before the CIA was created, intelligence was gathered by "The Office Of Strategic Services". This organization was founded during WWII by Franklin D. Roosevelt. When an agent needed a particular tool they turned to the Office Of Research & Development. After the war, the service was handed to the State department & became the CIA. Today a museum of CIA artifacts is located at Langley, VA but is not open to the public. However, recently some pictures were released to the…
The 10th Mountain Division, shown in 1943, was an elite U.S. military unit comprised of Olympic-caliber skiers, champ- ion ice skaters, mountain climbers, cowboys and miners who trained at Camp Hale in Colorado. Denver Post file
The captured OSS agent who convinced an entire German Army to surrender! | 2nd Lt. Frederick Mayer, the real "inglorious basterd," impersonating a Nazi officer behind enemy lines during World War II with the Office of Strategic Services (OSS). (PRNewsFoto/The OSS Society, Inc.) http://www.warhistoryonline.com/living-history-news/the-captured-oss-agent-who-convinced-an-entire-german-army-to-surrender.html
James S. Plaut (1912-1996) In November 1944, the American art historian was appointed director of the Art Looting Investigation Unit (ALIU), which was part of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS). From June 1945 to spring 1946, Plaut and his staff, operating out of Altaussee, interrogated former members and suppliers of "Einsatzstab Reichleiter Rosenberg".
Matchbox" Camera The Eastman Kodak Company developed and manufactured this camera for the Office of Strategic Services (OSS). Made in the shape of matchboxes that were used at the time, it could be disguised by adding matchbox labels in various languages and styles that were relevant to the country in which it was to be used.