- Oct 17, 2016
Great docuseries on Netflix about early OSS training.
Before Ritchie closed. The SMART-AIT teams at Detrick used the ranges there. Training area B was our backyard. We did some of our rappelling exercises at Sugarloaf Mountain. Opposite direction going towards DC. Some scuttlebutt going around back then. That when Holabird (Ritchie) was active as an OSS facility. They would use Sugarloaf as well. I just know it sucked. Rigging a Isolation Transport Stretcher for descent in a Racal.Area B up in the mountains of MD is pretty well known around here.
https://www.cia.gov/library/center-for-the-study-of-intelligence/csi-publications/csi-studies/studies/vol.-54-no.-2/pdfs-vol.-54-no.-2/Chambers-OSS Training in WWII-with notes-web-19Jun.pdf
Training Agents at Catoctin - Catoctin Mountain Park (U.S. National Park Service)
I did ski training there back in the early 80's...I remember we had one helluva blizzard above a place call Mullins Pass...I bribed a few railroad workers to help me pull my vehicle from a ditch...for a few cartons of MREs. We had the privilege of throwing a few back at Harrison with a few of the Originals...those soldiers still had it. It was an honor.First Special Service Force (the precursor to SF), a joint Canadian/US unit from WWII was created and trained at Ft Harrison in MT. SF still trains there. We can see/hear them. .