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 international struggle II. A prewar colleague of Allan Dulles, Nelson joined an toddler OSS after failing to affix 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 very important secret agent operations of the battle, and his diaries provide an exciting, readable and informative glimpse into the lifetime of a secret agent in the course of global warfare II.
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I hope to hell I’ll hear other bombs fall before they get far beyond our building, for the bombs fall in a slanting line and would arrive after the planes had passed. I hear the motors pass over the house, the A/A line of ﬁre follows them. Both Frank and I realize this is close and I hold my breath for ﬁve or ten seconds to see what will happen. Nothing happens. The ﬁre ceases. There is silence. ” “You ain’t kidding,” he replies. Someone in the darkness says, “Guess it’s all over. ” He moves toward the stairs and the ﬁring commences again.
We have quite a character here by the name of Joe Sicalzi. He’s a little fellow, 48 years old, who used to be Al Capone’s chauffeur and bodyguard. ” “I can get you gin. ” “There is a whorehouse here: American soldiers everyday from three to four. One girl, she is beautiful like the pin-up girls. 15 lira (15 cents) was the price before the Americans came. ) This town was pretty badly hit, apparently by our planes. All around the docks there are bomb craters in the roads, and almost all the buildings have at least some damage.
Henry is sympathetic. My sympathy is tinged with curiosity. It is no ordinary drunk he’s in and I think at the time he’s suffering from a mental shock of some sort. Henry and I take him out of the room to give him some cold water to douse his head in, and then he comes in to the table to eat. He keeps muttering, over and over: “You’ve got no idea what it’s like up there. I’m a medical ofﬁcer, but does that mean anything? Hell no! They see a captain’s bars and they say take this patrol out and burn that Arab village.
A Spy's Diary of World War II: Inside the OSS with an American Agent in Europe by Wayne Nelson