Artifacts

OSS Field Compass

Artifact Details

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

Lt. Col. Gustav J. Krause used this compass during his service with the OSS Detachment 202 in the China-Burma-India Theater during World War II. After first commanding an OSS base at Kunming, China, he established a new tactical OSS unit that recruited, trained, supplied, and directed numerous guerrillas and intelligence operatives north of the Yangtze River. His teams destroyed two spans of the Yellow River bridge and numerous sections of the Peking-Hankow railroad.

Artifact Specs

20.3 cm x 9.6 cm
(L x W)

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Official OSS Exhibition Catalogue

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