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 conflict II. A prewar colleague of Allan Dulles, Nelson joined an youngster OSS after failing to hitch the military due to 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 the most vital undercover agent operations of the struggle, and his diaries supply an exciting, readable and informative glimpse into the lifetime of a undercover agent in the course of global battle II.
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He is a character and good for a lot of laughs. This should prove very interesting if it comes off. November 9, 1943 Today, I went down to the Italian Admiralty and had a couple of radio batteries requisitioned after the usual song and dance. Joe will pick them up tomorrow. Young Vierin is now scheduled to go with Joe and me on the Giglio pick-up attempt. M. this afternoon we got the ﬁshing boat captain in and spent an hour and a half with him getting every bit of detailed dope we could. The exact location of the house of his friend, how far from the observatory tower of the black shirts, how many stories, a recognition sentence, where the doors, gates, windows are.
At 11 o’clock we sight the dark shape of the Island on the horizon, about fourteen miles away. We continue, and 71 ⁄ 2 miles from the island. Then we idle in. The other boat stands off about ﬁve miles to cover us. The supplies for the men are stacked at the rear of the PT — a radio in a suitcase, battery, three cases of rations, three barracks bags, two musette bags. 45s with sixty-ﬁve rounds each,) and GI regulation ﬂashlights. I talk with the boys to ensure they understand their primary job is 40 A Spy’s Diary of World War II to cover the convoy movements.
The ship was torpedoed in the Atlantic and several hundred were lost. We begin to feel even more lucky that we got through all right. Another corporal, Shairey, who was in the same convoy with Boyd, arrives safely with the equipment he was escorting. All he knows is that Boyd’s ship was in the convoy one evening, and the next morning it was not. We are informed by the military authorities that the ship is to be considered lost with all aboard. Jerry, Ross and Dick go up to the Tunisian front. It seems they are to train foreigners, Italians and French, to go through the enemy lines and blow up bridges, set booby-traps, etc.