Agostino von Hassell

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Agostino von Hassell
Agostino von Hassell in 1989 while serving with the 26th MEU (Special Operations Capable) on the beach of Gallipoli, Turkey
Nickname(s) Agostino von Hassell

Agostino von Hassell is a military historian and business executive.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Agostino von Hassell was born in 1953 in Bonn, Germany and grew up in Rome and Brussels. His great-grandfather, Grand Admiral Alfred von Tirpitz, built Germany's Imperial Fleet prior to World War One. His paternal grandfather, German Ambassador Ulrich von Hassell, was executed after participating in an assassination attempt on Hitler on July 20, 1944. His maternal grandfather, Lt. General Bogislav von Studnitz, first commander of Paris in World War II, was assassinated on order of Hitler in January 1943. His father, Ambassador Wolf Ulrich von Hassell, was one of the first two Ambassadors of the Federal Republic of Germany to serve at the United Nations.

He studied history at Columbia University, graduating summa cum laude in 1974, and attended Columbia Journalism School, graduating in 1975. He has taught as adjunct professor in the graduate program of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York, teaching members of the New York City Police Department in subjects such as counter-terrorism and leadership.


Hassell has written extensively on military and war history for publications such as The Marine Corps Gazette, Die Zeit (Germany), Naval Proceedings, Defense News, and The Navy Times, among others. He is the author of Warriors: The United States Marine Corps and Strike Force: U.S. Marine Corps Special Operations, as well as In Honor of America and, together with Herm Dillon, West Point: The Bicentennial Book. In November 2006 St. Martin’s Press in New York released Alliance of Enemies: The Untold Story of the Secret American and German Collaboration to End World War II, which Hassell coauthored with Sigrid Macrae. This book explores the secret contacts between the OSS and Germany’s Abwehr intelligence service during the Second World War.

Hassell has contributed sections to the Encyclopedia of Law Enforcement.[2] He co-authored (with W. McDonald and M.R. Haberfeld) a chapter in Comparative Policing The Struggle for Democratization,[3] titled International Cooperation in Policing: A Partial Answer to the Query? In 2007 coauthored and presented (with M.R. Haberfeld) an article titled Proper Proactive Training to Terrorist Presence and Operations in Friendly Urban Environments,[4] at the NATO Counter-Terrorism Conference in Washington, D.C. subsequently published by the NATO Science for Peace and Security Program.

In 2006, he and coauthors Herm Dillon, Lisa M. Pellegrino, and Teresa Caiado Ramirez published Military High Life: Elegant Food Histories and Recipes. It was the first illustrated history of international fine military, reaching from the present back to ancient Egyptian times. Hassell is now working on Typhoon, a book tracing the storm of flavors that swept through the world with the voyages of discovery prompted, in 1453, by the shutdown of the traditional spice trade.

Courtesy of the U.S. Marine Corps he uses the old call sign "Omar."

He is a life member of the United States Marine Corps Combat Correspondents, the National Defense Industrial Association, the OSS Society, the Association of Former Intelligence Officers, the American Society of Magazine Photographers, the Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation, and the Authors Guild. A Chevalier of the Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin, the world’s premier burgundy wine society, Hassell is also a Knight of Justice of the Sovereign Order of the Orthodox Knights Hospitaller of St. John.

Hassell is president of The Repton Group, a New York City–based intelligence gathering and consulting organization.


Published in Die Zeit (Germany), Interviu (Spain), Marine Corps Gazette, Proceedings, Amphibious Warfare Review, Naval Proceedings, Defense News, and The Navy Times.