Glorious Amateurs: The Undercover OSS in WW II

The Office of Strategic Services (OSS) was the World War II predecessor to the Central Intelligence Agency, the U.S. Special Operations Command, and the Department of State’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research. Its members were drawn from every branch of the armed services and the civilian population. They included Sterling Hayden, John Ford, Julia Child, Marlene Dietrich, Ralph Bunche, Arthur Goldberg, Eero Saarinen, Garson Kanin, and historian Arthur Schlesinger Jr. General Donovan called OSS personnel his “glorious amateurs” and said they performed “some of the bravest acts” of the war.

We will show three compelling short documentaries about OSS: Operation Overlord: OSS and the Battle for France tells the story of Allied special forces whose daring exploits changed the course of World War II. Call Sign CHAOS: Gen. Jim Mattis and the U.S. Marine Corps recounts the incredible heroism of the Marines who served in OSS and the remarkable military career of Gen. Mattis. The Tip of the Spear: From Virginia Hall to Gina Haspel celebrates the contribution made by women to the U.S. intelligence community.

The films will be presented by their executive producer and the president of The OSS Society, Charles Pinck, a lifelong seasonal resident of Chilmark. His father, Dan Pinck, served being enemy lines in China with OSS. The OSS Society is a nonprofit organization founded by General Donovan in 1947 that honors the accomplishments of OSS, its successor organizations, and educates the American public about the importance of strategic intelligence and special operations to the preservation of freedom. It is building the National Museum of Intelligence and Special Operations just west of Washington DC.

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Saturday, September 5 at 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Chilmark Free Public Library
522 South Road, Chilmark, MA 02535

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