If your information searching runs to more clandestine thoughts or secret missions, don’t overlook the many unit histories and operational documents available for reading. With the Freedom of Information Act in place, there are many good places to get started. One of my favorites was the operational information about the U-2 spy plane. You can find that link here: https://www.cia.gov/news-information/featured-story-archive/2010-featured-story-archive/cia-and-u-2-a-50-year-anniversary.html.
Led by “Wild Bill” Donovan, the Office of Strategic Services was able to accomplish many great feats of spycraft and heroism during World War II. From nighttime drops over occupied France to intelligence missions in the Pacific, we are still finding out information about these feats today. (You’ve heard about Julia Childs, right?). With this in mind, I really should mention two great resources where you can get newsletters, information and more. The OSS Society, offers up an extensive list of links and PDF newsletters, while OSS Reborn includes materials such as wartime manuals and much more! Lots of good reading to take with you on your next vacation or business trip!
Finally, if you’ve had a chance to visit these sites and use some of the materials that are available but are interested in learning more, don’t overlook the traditional book and magazine sites such as Google Books, The Internet Archive or even Hathi Trust. With millions of titles available for plain text, pdf or ePub, you’re guaranteed to find lots of good reading to take with you! I’ll finish today’s post with a list of resources for you to check and download to your device.
Central Intelligence Agency
Fedural Bureau of Investigation
Defense Intelligence Agency
NSA (Cuban Missile Crisis!)
OSS Personnel Files (Digital Versions)
“Wild Bill” Donovan
Images and background information sourced from the respective web sites mentioned above as well as the National Archives (NARA) and the Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Online Catalog.