OSS Agents in Hitler's Heartland: Destination Innsbruck

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Greenwood Publishing Group, Jan 1, 1996 - History - 182 pages
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This book tells the history of one of the most successful OSS operations of World War II. Three OSS agents--two young immigrants, one from Germany, the other from Holland, and a former Austrian Wehrmacht officer--in the midst of winter make a night jump into the Austrian Alps, landing hip-deep in snow at 10,000 feet. William Casey--then an OSS official and later head of the CIA--called it by far the most successful of the operations mounted from the OSS base at Bari. Thanks to this intrepid threesome, rail and road communications between the Italian front and Germany were seriously hampered and the city of Innsbruck in the heart of the Nazi's vaunted stronghold called the National Redoubt, fell to American troops without a shot being fired.

 

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Contents

THE JUMP
1
FRED
7
HANS
13
FRANZ
19
THE MAKING OF SECRET AGENTS
29
THE 885th
43
GETTING STARTED
53
THE DESCENT
65
SOME PROBLEMS
99
REAL PROBLEMS
113
MAXHERMANN M
121
VALHALLA CRUMBLES
135
GOETTERDAEMMERUNG
145
EPILOGUE
157
OPERATION GREENUP CABLES
163
BIBLIOGRAPHY
175

SETTLING IN
75
HERR LEUTNANT MAYER
87

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GERALD SCHWAB was born in Germany and emigrated to the United States with his family in 1940.

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