The OSS in World War II

Title:                      The OSS in World War II

Author:                 Edward Hymoff

Hymoff, Edward (1972). The OSS in World War II. New York: Ballantine Books

LCCN:    72092079

D810.S7 H95


Date Updated:  February 20, 2017

Reviewed by Paul W. Blackstock and Frank L. Schaf[1]

A history of 0SS activities and operations in Europe and the Far East by a journalist and author of four military unit histories (two marine corps and two army) of the Vietnam War. The author was a member of the OSS during operations in Italy, Greece, and Yugoslavia and supplemented his personal knowledge with interviews with former OSS members. Comprehensive and readable, with good bibliography and notes.

This is a review by the Defense Intelligence School.[2]

This book, published only in paperback, remains a relatively superficial, unofficial survey and recapitulation of the better known aspects of OSS origin and operations. The book suffers from lack of documentation. Essentially a disconnected compilation of stories, often well-written and entertaining, of OSS exploits.

[1] Blackstock, Paul W. (1978) and Frank L. Schaf, Jr. Intelligence, Espionage, Counterespionage, And Covert Operations: A Guide to Information Sources. Detroit: Gale Research Co., p. 204

[2] Defense Intelligence School (1981). Bibliography of Intelligence Literature: A Critical And Annotated Bibliography of Open-Source Literature (7th ed, rev.). Washington, DC: Defense Intelligence School, p. 34


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