Strategic Services Unit
The Strategic Services Unit was a residual US intelligence unit in existence in the years immediately after the Second World War.
It was established after William Donovan's Deputy, General John Magruder secured an order from the US Assistant Secretary of War John McCloy on 26 October 1945, which established the unit, preserving some of the war-time operations of the Office of Strategic Services. The War Department absorbed the Secret Intelligence and Special Operations branches of the OSS, but Magruder resigned in February 1946, in protest at the continuing dismemberment of the unit.
- William Quinn - Director
- John A. Bross - head of SSU London.
- Winston M. Scott - head of X2 Unit.
- Philip Horton - France.
- Richard Helms - Germany.
- Alfred Ulmer - Austria.
- James Angleton - Italy.
- Albert Seitz - Balkans.
- James Kellis - China
- Tim Weiner, Legacy of Ashes, Penguin, 2007, p.10.
- R. Harris Smith, OSS: The Secret History of America's First Intelligence Agency, University of California Press, 1972, p.364.
- R. Harris Smith, OSS: The Secret History of America's First Intelligence Agency, University of California Press, 1972, p.226n.
- Richard J. Aldrich, The Hidden Hand: Britain, America and Cold War Secret Intelligence, Overlook Press, 2002, p.83.