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The Office of Strategic Services and Italian Americans

The Untold History

  • Salvatore J.┬áLaGumina

Part of the Italian and Italian American Studies book series (IIAS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Salvatore J. LaGumina
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  3. Salvatore J. LaGumina
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  12. Back Matter
    Pages 173-188

About this book

Introduction

This book explores the contributions of Italian Americans employed by the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) during World War II. Italian Americans fluent in Italian language and customs became integral parts of intelligence operations working behind enemy lines. These units obtained priceless military information that significantly helped defeat the Axis. They parachuted into frozen mountains tops to link up with Italian guerrilla units in northern Italy or hovered in small patrol torpedo boats and row boats across the Mediterranean Sea in pitch black darkness to destroy railroad junctions.

Keywords

Italian Americans Office of Strategic Services Max (Biaggio) Corvo Anti-fascist Italians World War II Italian invasion

Authors and affiliations

  • Salvatore J.┬áLaGumina
    • 1
  1. 1.Nassau Community CollegeMassapequa ParkUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-33334-2
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
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  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-33333-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-33334-2
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