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Charles Hostler dies at 94; OSS agent who worked with French resistance
Charles Hostler dies at 94; OSS agent who worked with French resistance

For his World War II service as an intelligence officer in Nazi-occupied France, Charles Hostler received a Legion of Merit award from the U.S. and a French Legion of Honor. He also got something else: a scar on his forehead from the butt of a meat ax wielded by a French collaborator who was resisting Hostler's entreaties to switch sides and aid the Allies. Hostler's attacker later relented and, along with others, helped funnel disinformation to convince Hitler that the D-Day invasion had only been a feint and a greater invasion was planned elsewhere on the coast. The false information helped pin down battalions of German troops as the Allies fought toward Paris and Berlin. ...

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