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Skorzeny's Special Missions (Paperback)

The Memoirs of Hitler's Most Daring Commando

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Pages: 224
ISBN: 9781848325333
Published: 4th May 2011

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Otto Skorzeny, Germany's top commando in the Second World War, is one of the most famous men in the history of special forces. His extraordinary wartime career was one of high risk and adventure and here he tells the full story. Skorzeny quickly proved his worth in Yugoslavia and then Russia. In 1942 he was awarded the Iron Cross, and in April 1943 he was promoted to captain and named 'Chief of Germany's Special Troops, Existing or to be Created in the Future'.

When Mussolini was imprisoned in Italy in 1943, it was Skorzeny who successfully led the daring glider rescue, winning the Knight's Cross and promotion as a result. Skorzeny's talents were brought into play again when he was sent to Budapest to stop the Hungarian regent Admiral Horthy from signing a peace with Stalin in 1944. Now dubbed 'the most dangerous man in Europe' by the Allies he was awarded the German Cross in Gold. A few months later he took a critical role in the Ardennes offensive with a controversial plan to raise a brigade disguised as Americans with captured Sherman tanks. His captured colleagues spread a false rumour that he was planning to assassinate Eisenhower, who was consequently confined to his headquarters for weeks.

Otto Skorzeny's extraordinary wartime career was one of high risk and adventure and here he tells the full story. When Mussolini was imprisoned in Italy in 1943, it was Skorzeny who successfully led the daring glider rescue, winning the Knight's Cross and promotion as a result. Dubbed 'the most dangerous man in Europe' by the Allies, he was awarded the German Cross in Gold.

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Otto Skorzeny, Germany's top commando in the Second World War, is one of the most famous men in history of special forces. His extraordinary wartime career was one of high risk and adventure and here he tells the full story.

World War II Re-enactors Magazine

Vitrually everyone who has studied World War 2, Special Forces or who is just interested in this conflict will have heard of Otto Skorzeny. He is the most famous commando or “special forces” operator on the German side of this war. He will always be renowned for making history by the daring rescue of the Italian dictator Mussolini.
Skorzeny’s memoir will always maintain a high standing in the ranks of books on “special forces” and their development. It will also appeal to those members of the public who would like to know more about this exciting and outstanding man who is world famous for his exploits. These exploits have their own unique place in military history and he has done a great service to historians by producing this excellent and interesting autobiography.

Dr Stuart C Blank, militaryarchiveresearch.com
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