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200,000 Heroes, Italian Partisans and the American OSS in WWII, by Leon Weckstein

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    Length, 233 pages, including bibliography

    Mr. Weckstein tells us about his time in the 91st Division in Italy, specifically with a partisan named Alberto who helped his S-2 unit with gathering info on the Germans. This got Weckstein to wondering what happened to him after the war, and he tried to find out from the Partisan Veterans Association in Italy. He didn't find Alberto but he did gather other anecdotes about partisans and their attacks on the Germans and their Italian Fascist cohorts.

    He also tells us about the OSS effort to help the partisans with airdrops of equipment, and the Operation Groups (OGs) and their work on raids behind German lines. There is also the effort the OSS made to tip off our guys at Anzio to German attacks, since they had a man in Kesselring's HQ. He tells us about the story of three people who were gathered as slave labor on the Gothic Line, and touches on the massacres the Germans did at places like Saint Anna.

    It's a disjointed read, and at times you wonder about the editors who green lighted this. This is especially so when at the start of a chapter they say Operation Overlord was the Salerno landing. I think we all know where Overlord was, right? Salerno was Operation Avalanche.

    It's all right as far as it goes.
     
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