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ISBN: 1574883046
Author: James Milano
Language: English
Publisher: Potomac Books; New edition edition (September 1, 2000)
Pages: 256
Category: Genre Fiction
Subcategory: Literature
Rating: 4.3
Votes: 115
Size Fb2: 1439 kb
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James V. Milano, Patrick Brogan. This book is Milano's memoir as told to Washington, . writer Patrick Brogan.

James V. Soldiers, Spies, and the Rat Line: America's Undeclared War Against the Soviets. Washington and London: Brassey's, 1995. Milano was a young Army intelligence officer in Salzburg during the early part of the Allied occupation of Austria. During the war, he had used his fluent Italian to debrief prisoners of war captured during the invasions of North Africa and Italy.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Start by marking Soldiers, Spies, and the Rat Line: America's Undeclared War Against the Soviets as Want to Read: Want to Read savin. ant to Read. Milano commanded the Military Intelligence Service in Austria for a year and a half after the wa. Milano commanded the Military Intelligence Service in Austria for a year and a half after the war. He lives in the Washington, . It is now little remembered that Austria was the only European country occupied by the Soviets to be evacuated during the Cold War. (Although in Asia, they did leave Iran and North Korea. Both sides' focus was on the North German plain, the traditional invasion route between East and West, and vice versa.

Soldiers, Spies, and the Rat Line: America's Unde-clared War Against the Soviets. through a secret US Army operation known as the rat line. Allan A. Ryan, J. the director of the Department of Justice's "Nazi-hunting unit," the Office of Special Investigations (OS!), undertook a major examination of US Govern-ment archives and interviewed retired American officials about their involvement with Barbie.

After Germany’s surrender in World War II, Jim Milano, a young . army intelligence officer, led a small, independent group of soldiers charged with carrying out some of the first intelligence efforts of the postwar era. Inventing the techniques of Cold War espionage for themselves and improvising unorthodox methods, the major and his creative cohorts confounded Soviet forces and created escape routes for defectors. In the pages of Milano’s fascinating memoir you'll find the shadowy world populated by spies, prostitutes, refugees, scoundrels, and heroes comes alive.

James Milano commanded the Military Intelligence Service in Austria for a year and a half after the war. Patrick Brogan is a Washington corre-spondent for The Herald (Glasgow). His previous books include: Deadly Business: The Story of Sam Cummings and Interarms: The Fighting Never Stopped. Both authors live in the Washington, . Country of Publication.

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America's Undeclared War Against the Soviets Col. James V. Milano, USA (Re. and Patrick Brogan This . He directed American military intelligence against Soviet targets from 1945 to 1950, and established the Rat Line. and Patrick Brogan This book is dedicated to the members of the intelligence community who served with th. The line's existence, and Milano's role in it, emerged in 1983 when the public learned of the case of Klaus Barbie. Barbie was a Nazi war criminal who had been smuggled out of Germany in 1951 by American officers there and who used the escape route that had been set up by their colleagues in Austria.

After Germany’s surrender in World War II, Jim Milano, a young U.S. army intelligence officer, led a small, independent group of soldiers charged with carrying out some of the first intelligence efforts of the postwar era. Inventing the techniques of Cold War espionage for themselves and improvising unorthodox methods, the major and his creative cohorts confounded Soviet forces and created escape routes for defectors. In the pages of Milano’s fascinating memoir you'll find the shadowy world populated by spies, prostitutes, refugees, scoundrels, and heroes comes alive.

Comments:

Vishura
As a child, I spent the first three years after the war in the Linz compound. My father was in the CIC. Many of the individuals mentioned in the book were friends. My god-father was one of the pilots flying supplies into Berlin during the Blockade. I found the book to be a fascinating and accurate behind the scenes accounting of the events of those year immediately after the war. Its a good read.
Nuadabandis
This book was a pleasant surprise. Always looking for something different, or perhaps new that hasn't been written about and this was it! This is the account of a little known Army intelligence unit operating in the American Zone of the Salzburg, Austria area. I won't give away the story, but suffice it to say that it will capture your interest and possibly answer some questions about what our occupying forces were really doing after WWII. Great account of that time.
Grosho
This is a first hand account of CIC operations in the cockpit of the Cold War-Austria. It is now little remembered that Austria was the only European country occupied by the Soviets to be evacuated during the Cold War. (Although in Asia, they did leave Iran and North Korea.)Both sides' focus was on the North German plain, the traditional invasion route between East and West, and vice versa. Not the southern route from the Adriatic through the Ukraine. Thus the major Allied intelligence effort was was in Germany. Most of the activities described herein are the usual tradecraft--doubling agents, honey traps, sneak and peek, etc. This would be just another tale and not of great importance, except for the Rat Line. This was a clandestine evacuation operation run for persons escaping from the Soviet-controlled areas. Because the occupation of Austria ended in 1955, and Austria was then neutralized, it was easier to run penetration and escape operations from there than through the hard border further north. Actually, there were more than one Rat Line. It is said that Martin Bormann, Adolf Eichman, and other top Nazis escaped via Italy. Be that at it may, Klaus Barbee did get out in a U.S. sponsored operation. But the U.S. Rat Line was more important for getting out persons of intelligence value, who once debriefed, had to be put under deep cover in a safe place. (Imagine a witness protection program, but with the whole USSR intellops looking for you, instead of a few mobsters.)This is probably the last first-hand account of CI field ops we will get of those days. After all, all of the vets are well over 70 and most were middle aged then. I also recommend Ib Melchior's book on his service as a CI agent. (cf)
olgasmile
I echo all the previous reviewers comments; this is an fascinating evocation of a bygone era, full of twists and turns - and DOES beg to be used as the basis for a screenplay! Perhaps with the Russians retaking the mantle of unrepentant "Bad Guys" the time is now ripe!
VAZGINO
More than a history of arranging Soviet defectors to escape, this gives an intense perspective from time and age. It would make a wonderful screenplay for a Spielberg adoptation. As an American Jew I am proud to know that James Milano performed like Oskar Schindler when he learned firsthand of the German policy of extermination. The gripping chapter on the Mauthausen concentration camp describes Milano's feelings: "Now, after the war, the nightmare stories were proved true- and short of the truth." Milano's moto of making the damn decision after an intelligent manipulation of risk descibes why his operations were so successful. Because we know that Milano himself is the primary source, it fortifies the accuracy of the amazingly clandestine rat line. I highly commend this exciting book.
Cozius
There are many books to be found on clandestine intelligence operations. Most of these focus on the organs of the US State Department, and corresponding agencies in other countries. This book is a rare gem in that it deals with military intelligence operations and techniques, and provides an extremely useful insight into operational procedures used by US military intelligence during and immediately after the Second World War. For this alone it is worth the purchase, but the authors also manage to amaze and intrigue along the way with tales of operations gone wrong as well as the flotsam and jetsom of post war Europe.

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