The OSS

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    Last night I was watching Jeopardy,and a they had a question about the predecessor to the CIA. ALL 3 contestants got the question wrong.

    I became fascinated with the OSS as a kid in high school, I used to read a lot of WW2 books that I borrowed from my dad.

    Anyone else interested in the OSS? Did YOU know it was started during WW2, and is now today's CIA?


    Here is something from Wiki to get you started, but there are many great books out there if you're interested.

    Office of Strategic Services - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
     
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    The OSS was a dismal failure you know.

    Wildman Donovan sent spy after spy into NAZI germany and they were all killed, or turned around.

    Read the Legacy of Ashes, if you really want a clue just how incompetently run our Intel agencies have been for the last 60+ years.
     
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    I googled the book, thanks editec, it looks like an interesting read.

    I'm just saying I think the history of the OSS is fascinating. It was a different world back in the 40's, and the way things came about during the war.


    Many men were killed during WW2, the ones in the OSS died as honorably as those who fought in battles imo.
     
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    There used to be a television series about the OSS, I think it may have been in the early 1960s.
     
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    In America?

    What was the name?


    F Troup? :razz:

    McHale's Navy? :tongue:

    Hogan's Heros? :D
     
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    I liked all of them - think of the catch phrases :D

    eg "I know nothing!"

    Thankfully Wikipedia - the collective knowledge of the planet - came to my aid.

    OSS (series - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

    1957-1958 season - that's why you don't remember it :lol:
     
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    Thanks Diuretic! ;)


    Sorry, wasn't even born yet....but I wasn't alive during WW2 either, but LOVE to learn all I can about it! Fascinating!
     
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    I remember it, it was actually a really good series although I suppose were it shown today it would be dated. I can't remember if it was in that series or another film I saw (also monochrome) that featured some American agents in occupied France and one agent forgot himself as he and his colleagues were dining in a French (I think it was in France) and did the American-style cut up the food and use the fork in the right hand. Lots of stares from the other patrons as he did so. Funny how something like that can stick in the mind. But then I'm full of trivia :D
     
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    Another one got busted for observing American dining protocoll (hands on the knees) while taking with a Gestapo dude.
     

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