Case by Case: A U.S. Army Counterintelligence Agent in World War II
During World War II, Ib Melchior served as a spy with the OSS, then with the U.S. Army Counterintelligence Corps. His incredible experiences provided the plots for his many bestselling novels, including Order of Battle: Hitler's Werewolves and Sleeper Agent. In 1990 Melchior set out to retrace his steps, from road to road, village to village, reliving the many cases with which he was involved. Now, in Case By Case, Melchior recounts for the first time the true story of his amazing years as a counterespionage agent.
In 1942, recently arrived in this country, Melchior was recruited by the OSS and underwent intensive training in the art of spying. As a "graduation exercise" he was sent alone, with falsified papers, to an unfamiliar American town, with instructions to carry out a subversive mission, pitting himself against the FBI and local law enforcement agencies. Having passed this test, he was then sent to Europe, where he travelled with the American army as it advanced from Omaha Beach through France and Luxembourg (during the Battle of the Bulge), into Germany and then Czechoslovakia. Sometimes operating behind enemy lines, the CIC teams searched out spies, saboteurs, and war criminals - investigating suspicious incidents, interrogating prisoners, following obscure leads.
Melchior's exploits are the stuff of classic spy stories - action packed and dangerous - but these are fact, not fiction. His narrative reveals how the CIC went about its deadly business - how its agents were trained and how they operated, and what this work meant to the conduct - and conclusion of World War II.
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