Many of us in the summer months like to sit in the sun, at the beach or at the pool, with a good book to pass the time away. And we could use some good escape from the constant bad news regarding the spread of the coronavirus. 

My better half prefers murder mysteries or true crime stories, while I’m the history buff and love reading military history

For the July reading program by the poolside, I opted for a couple of classic World War II books that I really enjoyed. They are books that link our past to our present. Anyone who has been reading SOFREP for any length of time knows that I have a love for reading anything about O.S.S. So, these books shouldn’t come as a surprise. 

“From OSS to the Green Berets” by Colonel Aaron Bank

Colonel Bank is considered the “Father of Special Forces” and with good reason. 

Bank was a member of the Office of Strategic Services’ (O.S.S.) Jedburgh teams. The O.S.S. was the forerunner of both the CIA and the U.S. Army Special Forces. It was the first true intelligence organization fielded by the United States. During the war, it also conducted Special Operations on all fronts.

The Jedburgh teams conducted Unconventional Warfare (UW). They consisted of two-four special operators who would parachute into occupied Europe, link up with Resistance forces, and tie-down German units. The teams were comprised of British, French, U.S., and Dutch personnel. Ninety-three Jedburgh teams jumped into France ahead of D-Day and the Southern France landings. William Colby, the future head of the CIA in the 1960s (pictured), was also a member of the teams.