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TOPIC:  OSS Operation Black Mail

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SPEAKER:  Ann Todd\, Author

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OSS Operation Black Mail is the story of a remarkable woman who fought World War II on the front lines of psychologic al warfare. Elizabeth "\;Betty"\; P. McIntosh spent eighteen month s serving in the Office of Strategic Services in what has been called the "\;forgotten theater\,"\; China-Burma-India\, where she met and wo rked with characters as varied as Julia Child and Ho Chi Minh. Her craft w as black propaganda\, and her mission was to demoralize the enemy through prevarication and deceit\, and ultimately\, convince him to surrender. Bet ty and her crew ingeniously obtained and altered personal correspondence b etween Japanese soldiers and their families on the home islands of Japan. She also ordered the killing of a Japanese courier in the jungles of Burma to plant a false surrender order in his mailbag.

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By the time Betty flew the Hump from Calcutta to C hina\, she was acting head of the Morale Operations branch for the entire theater\, overseeing the production of thousands of pamphlets and radio sc ripts\, the generation of fiendishly clever rumors\, and the printing of a variety of faked Japanese\, Burmese\, and Chinese newspapers. Her strateg y involved targeting not merely the Japanese soldier but the man within: t he son\, the husband\, the father. She knew her work could ultimately save lives\, but never lost sight of the fact that her propaganda was a weapon and her intended target the enemy.

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This is not a typical war story. The only beaches stormed are th e minds of an invisible enemy. Often a great deal of time and effort was e xpended in conception and production\, and rarely was it known if even a s hred reached the hands of the intended recipient. The process was opaque o n both ends: the origin of a rumor or radio broadcast obscured\, the targe t elusive. For Betty and her friends\, time on the "\;front lines" \; of psychological warfare in China-Burma-India rushed by in a cascade of creativity and innovation\, played out on a stage where a colonial world was ending and chaos awaited.

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ANN TODD \;has been a contributing author and consultant for the National Geographic Society\, given presentations in national parks about OSS oper ations\, and worked as a historian for the National Museum of the Marine C orps. She served in the U.S. Coast Guard\, and now lives in Dripping Sprin gs\, Texas.

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