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Patrick O'Donnell here gives us the account of a true life story from the second world war. When the US entered the war they soon had to come up to scratch with regards to intelligence and special operations, and this was where OSS came in handy. Coming up with loads of ideas in the effort to win the war one of those ideas is the basis of this true life account. Reading more like some new war movie this story is true. Parachuting former German Jews along with deserted German soldiers behind enemy lines for intelligence and sabotage throws up many problems, not least the possiblities of capture.

With aplomb this book tells of the daring exploits of these men, mainly concentrating on Jewish members, and how they carried out their missions and gained help from ordinary citizens, as well as tried to avoid capture. Some of what is written here you may have heard of before, such as Frederick Mayer, who although captured at the time managed to persuade the enemy to surrender a whole area to the Allies.

With photos and appendices there is a quite a bit in this slim volume that will inspire you and give you another look behind the people who helped to win the war in their own little ways. Well worth reading for anyone who is interested in the war or in cloak and dagger operations.
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on 23 November 2010
It is a fascinating insight to dramatic actions at the end of the war, which are little known.I thorougly recommend this very well written account.
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on 3 September 2015
Well pleased with purchase
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