The Women Whose Secret Work Helped Win World War II


Before the Central Intelligence Agency, there was the Office of Strategic Services ‘ a clandestine espionage organization of almost 13,000 Americans who, from 1942 to 1945,

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Before the Central Intelligence Agency, there was the Office of Strategic Services ‘ a clandestine espionage organization of almost 13,000 Americans who, from 1942 to 1945, gathered intelligence for President Roosevelt and wreaked havoc against the Axis powers in every World War II theater. While an ideal O.S.S. recruit was famously described as ‘a Ph.D. who can win a bar fight,’ the staff were diverse in their backgrounds. They came in as academics, military personnel, scientists, athletes, filmmakers, farmers and even some convicts; they served as spies, cartographers, forgers and propagandists. They broke code, planted false information to mislead the Germans and parachuted into enemy territory to blow up bridges and rail lines. One third of them were women.

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