Based on OSS records only recently released to US National Archives, and on evidence from British archival sources, this is a thoroughly researched study of the Office of Strategic Services in London. The OSS was a critical liaison and operational outpost for American intelligence during World War II. Dr MacPherson puts the activities of the OSS into the larger context of the Anglo-American relationship and the various aspects of intelligence theory, while examining how a modern American intelligence capability evolved.
Table of Contents
1. The British Intelligence Community: Setting the tone for OSS 2. The Genesis of OSS/London and the British dimension 3. Servants of OVERLORD: SO, SI and the invasion of Europe 4. "Reductio ad absurdum" R&A/London's quest for relevance 5. Falling short of the target: EOU, SIRA and the pitfalls of R&A 5. Inspired Improvization: William Casey and the penetration of Germany 6. Following the British Example: X-2 and morale operations 7. Full Circle: Anglo-American intelligence and the transition to Cold War