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Office of Strategic Services Compass

Artifact Details

A black compass inside a folding case with a ruler edge.

The OSS Maritime Unit combat swimmers used this US Army Corps of Engineers compass during clandestine ferrying and coastal sabotage operations.

This was used by an Office of Strategic Services (OSS) officer who served with OSS Detachment 202 in the China-Burma-India Theater.  After first commanding an OSS base at Kunming, China, he then established a new tactical OSS unit that recruited, trained, supplied, and directed numerous guerillas and intelligence operatives north of the Yangtze River.  His teams destroyed two spans of the Yellow River Bridge and cut the Peking-Hankow Railroad in numerous locations.

Artifact Specs

11cm x 5 cm x 3 cm

(L x W x H)


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The Office of Strategic Services: America’s First Intelligence Agency