Bundle of 2 - World War II - The OSS & The British SOE

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This is a bundle of 2 highly animated, power point presentations on World War II - The OSS & SOE. Both presentations together number 48 slides. Each of the presentation slides are editable so you can change them to fit your individual needs.

The Office of Strategic Services (OSS), was formed for the purpose of obtaining information about and sabotaging the military efforts of enemy nations during World War II. It lasted from 1942–45. It was headed by William J. “Wild Bill” Donovan. With some 12,000 staff members, the OSS collected and analyzed information on areas of the world in which U.S. military forces were operating.

Before World War II, intelligence activities in the United States were mostly carried out by the Department of State, the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI), the War Department's Military Intelligence Division (MID). Hoping for greater coordination of intelligence activities, as well as a more strategic approach to intelligence gathering and operations; on July 11, 1941, President Franklin Roosevelt appointed Bill Donovan to head a new civilian office attached to the White House, as the Coordinator of Information (COI).

In achieving success, the OSS made plenty of domestic political and military enemies. US senators and congressmen with limited access to information about the OSS charged that it was riddled with Communists and criminals. They complained that for every OSS idea that worked there were 7 or 10 that didn’t, that the OSS had no organizational chart, that there was no accountability for the hundreds of millions of dollars it spent, and that Donovan ran it “like a country editor.” They concluded it was dangerous.

Roosevelt ignored the complaints as long as possible, and then had Colonel Richard Park, Jr., an officer from the White House map room, quietly look into the allegations. Roosevelt never got to read the report. He died on April 12, 1945. The next day, Park delivered the report to the new president, Harry Truman, a partisan Democrat who thought little of the Republican Donovan or any agency involved in subterfuge.

3 weeks after the Japanese surrender in mid-August 1945, Truman turned over the fate of the OSS to Congress. The Congressional Committee on Agency Liquidation then closed the OSS and with it one of the more intriguing and compelling chapters in American military history.

Power point #1 is entitled, World War II - The Office of Strategic Services and contains 30 slides and covers the following:

OSS in World War II
Pre-World War II
“Wild Bill” Donovan
More Fact Finding
Political Infighting
More Fact Finding
COI Functions
OSS Created
Headliners & “Joes”
Spy Schools
William Fairbairn
The Recruits
Recruiting the Brightest (2)
Creative Tools
Josephine Baker
Virginia Hall
Hall Remembered
“Joes” & “Jeds”
Diary Account of Narcisse (2)
Information Gathering
Congressional Enemies
Richard Park’s Report
End of the OSS
End of Presentation

The Special Operations Executive was ordered by Winston Churchill to “set Europe ablaze”. The Special Operations Executive’s (SOE) main task was to link up with resistance movements – primarily the French Resistance – to undermine the Germans in the countries they had occupied. Little thought had been given to helping those civilians who not only wanted to fight back at the Germans, but also wanted to help out the British.

In 1940, after the fall of France, Britain had a rudimentary approach to assisting civilian resistance movements in Europe. Section D existed as part of the Secret Service. Its task was to support subversive movements in occupied countries. MI (R) also existed. It was part of the War Office and its job was to support irregular operations conducted by personnel in uniform.

Both Section D and MI (R) proved relatively ineffective in supporting the resistance movements in western Europe due to too much inter-departmental rivalry. One further disadvantage SOE had was convincing those in the military hierarchy that what they planned to do was worth supporting.

Acts of sabotage were difficult to verify, especially their success. Communication was invariably slow; so good news took time to arrive. There were many in the military who saw the SOE as a distraction from the ‘proper’ fighting that had to be done.

Power point #2 is entitled, World War II - The British Special Operations Executive and contains 18 slides and covers the following:

Special Operations Executive
Dalton in Charge
No Blueprint
Convincing the Military
Three Problems
Getting Agents on the Ground
Learning the Ropes
Specialized Fighters
Cover Story
Captain Henry Rees
Violette Szabo
Pearl Witherington
Yeo Thomas
End of Presentation

This is one of many bundled power point presentations I offer in my store under the heading....World War II.
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