Hauenstein, Ralph (Interview outline and video), 2014

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Title

Hauenstein, Ralph (Interview outline and video), 2014

Contributor

Boring, Frank (Interviewer)

Description

Ralph Hauenstein was working as a newspaper editor in Grand Rapids, Michigan in September 1940 and in the Army Reserved when he was called to active duty was assigned to be the public relations officer for Fort Sheridan, Illinois. In September 1941 he was assigned to an American intelligence task force, along with an American brigade, that was being sent to Iceland to relieve British troops that were stationed there. He worked as an intelligence liaison between Washington D.C. and London and oversaw the recon operations being conducted by Norwegian troops into Norway. After the outbreak of war he was transferred to an intelligence task force that was based in London that was preparing for the invasion of Western Europe through France. In the time leading up to D-Day he was involved in deceiving German forces stationed in Europe namely in the hugely successful Operation Fortitude which drew the bulk of German forces away from Normandy to Pas de Calais. He served as an intelligence officer during D-Day, the liberation of France, and the Battle of the Bulge as well as witnessed the results of the Holocaust. At the end of the war he took part in the interrogation of high ranking German officers and helped build the CIA out of the OSS. After the Second World War his time with the Army ended and he left with the rank of colonel.

Date

2014-10-31

Rights

Publisher

Grand Valley State University Libraries. Allendale, Michigan

Relation

Veterans History Project (U.S.)

Identifier

RHC-27_HauensteinR1701V

Format

application/pdf
video/mp4

Type

Text
Moving Image

Language

eng

Citation

Hauenstein, Ralph, “Hauenstein, Ralph (Interview outline and video), 2014,” Digital Collections, accessed May 16, 2022, https://digitalcollections.library.gvsu.edu/document/41034.
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