This is a 30 slide, highly animated, power point presentations on World War II - The Office of Strategic Services. Each of the presentation slides are editable so you can change it 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.
The presentation covers the following:
OSS in World War II
Pre-World War II
“Wild Bill” Donovan
More Fact Finding
More Fact Finding
Headliners & “Joes”
Recruiting the Brightest (2)
“Joes” & “Jeds”
Diary Account of Narcisse (2)
Richard Park’s Report
End of the OSS
End of Presentation
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