What type of lipstick did the OSS use in the field?

In the final days of the Battle of the Bulge, January 1945, the Allied war effort was approaching, but hadn’t yet reached, a victorious end, and supplies were still required on the ground and in offices, military and intelligence, throughout Europe.As one telegram collected in CIA’s declassified CREST archive reveals, not all of these necessities were armaments or standard stapler-type office artifacts.In a curious communication sent on January 13, 1945 from London to Stockholm, the Agency’s predecessor, the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), authorized a quick list of workplace wants.First, pens …Then, pencils …And finally …50 fresh tubes of lipstick.

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