Mitchell WerBell

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Scattered Shots

By Kurt Allemeier

A veteran of the Office of Strategic Services, master of marketing, soldier of fortune, Mitchell WerBell was subterfuge and conspiracy personified. He is also the designer of the modern silencer with an early company called Sionics.

Mitchell WerBell was a “wheeler dealer” according to some government documents. He was a mercenary at one time and also ran a counter-terrorism training center, giving the world the Cobray.

WerBell served with the Office of Strategic Services in the China-Burma theatre in World War II before becoming an advertising executive. He decided to become a mercenary of another kind in the 1960s, designing silencers and working to topple foreign governments with involvement across the Caribbean, Southeast Asia, and Central America. Documents allege WerBell to have been in Dealey Plaza when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated and supposedly supplied silencers used by the gunmen in Dallas. That information didn’t come…

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World War II Movies Worth A Damn: Anthropoid

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Hollywood is really going in guns blazing with World War Two movies in 2016 and 2017. Beside this one we also have coming up:

  • Allied
  • Dunkirk
  • USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage
  • Hacksaw Ridge

The newly released World War II movie Anthropoid starring Cillian Murphy (Peaky Blinders, The Wind that Shakes the Barley) and Toby Jones (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy) chronicles the true story of the Assassination of Reinhard Heydrich by Czechoslovakian Resistance in 1942.

For those of you interested in the history of SOE and OSS Operations During World War Two, you will like this one to be sure since this is one of the best examples of resistance fighters being trained and re-inserted into their home countries by the Special Operations Executive (SOE).

Often Hollywood screws up these amazing stories by trying to insert some sort of sappy love triangle and although an attempt is made in this movie to include some romance, it does not detract from the story at all.

 

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Giving Thanks to the OSS

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As today’s security depends increasingly on intelligence and special operators, Congress should act to honor those who paved their way.

What do attorney James Donovan (portrayed by Tom Hanks in “Bridge of Spies”), the “French Chef” Julia Child, Virginia Hall (the only American civilian woman to receive the Distinguished Service Cross during World War II), Nobel Peace Prize recipient Ralph Bunche, Pulitzer Prize recipient Arthur Schlesinger Jr., Hollywood director John Ford, and architect Eero Saarinen (who designed Dulles Airport) have in common? They all served in the Office of Strategic Services, or OSS, the World War II predecessor to the CIA and the U.S.Special Operations Command.

As we commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II this year – and increasingly rely on our intelligence and special operations communities to defend the United States – we should remember that they were born in the crucible of World War II.

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