The successful rescue of imprisoned Italian dictator Benito Mussolini from atop the Gran Sasso plateau by German glider borne troops on 12 September 1943 was one of the most dramatic Special Forces operations in military history Arrested by his own officers in July 1943, Mussolini had been whisked away to an isolated and heavily guarded mountain top resort, the Hotel Campo Imperatore at Gran Sasso, which could only be reached by a heavily guarded cable car station It was clear to the Germans who wished to rescue Mussolini in order to keep at least the appearance that Italy was still on the Axis side that any conventional rescue operation would have to fight its way through too much opposition and that Mussolini s captors would have ample time to execute him before he could be rescued Once Mussolini s location at Gran Sasso was confirmed, Hitler ordered General der Fallschirmtruppe Kurt Student to organize a rescue mission The actual raid was planned and led by paratrooper Major Otto Mors from the Fallschirmjager Lehr Bataillon, but SS Haupsturmfhrer Otto Skorzeny grabbed much of the laurels of this operation.Despite unfavorable terrain for a gliderborne landing including large boulders and steep cliffs near the landing zone most of the German gliders succeeded in landing atop the Gran Sasso and the assault force was able to move in before the stunned Italian defenders could organize a response or eliminate Mussolini This volume shows how Skorzeny failed to follow the plan and jeopardized the operation with his rash behavior, including a risky decision to fly Mussolini off the mountain using a light Fiesler Storch aircraft The German raiding force achieved all their objectives without firing a shot Although the rescue of Mussolini failed to keep Italy on the Axis side, it did serve as a valuable propaganda boost for Germany in the face of defeats in Italy and the Soviet Union, as well as pointing toward a new dimension in warfare This title details the strategic context of this daring raid, the origins of the plans, and the initial strategy adopted by the German Special Operations forces, before going on to describe in full detail the plan, execution and final outcome of the operation It also details Skorzeny s propaganda laden version of the raid and what actually happened at the Gran Sasso, including the rarely mentioned ground component and extraction phase Discover the history of this classic wartime raid, which continues to fascinate military history enthusiasts and lovers of adventure, in this new addition to the Raid series by Robert Forczyk....
|Title||:||Rescuing Mussolini: Gran Sasso 1943 (Raid)|
|Publisher||:||Osprey Publishing 1st edition April 20, 2010|
|Number of Pages||:||64 pages|
|File Size||:||664 KB|
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Rescuing Mussolini: Gran Sasso 1943 (Raid) Reviews
Good book that provides sound details on the successful operation to rescue Italian dictator Mussolini. While Otto Skorzeny gets much of the credit along with his SS troops the book questions the depth of their contribution. The book provides information which states that Skorzeny was very good with politics and did a good job of selling himself. He used his ties in the SS to get him positions he really wasn't qualified for according to the book. It mentions how most of his qualifications center around automotive mechanics. The truth is probably somewhere in between. The book gives Kurt Student most of the credit for the planning of the operation along with the well documented skill of the Fallschirmjager of the Luftwaffe. Good book worth buying if you enjoy special operations.
Excellent! This is the first source I have read, in which Otto Skorzeny is put under the microscope. It has, since ready this volume, not been the last. I do wish more of Oblt. Georg Freiherr von Berlepsch and his men had been included, rather that devoting so much space to debunking the Skorzeny myth along with his canteen commandos. but one has to start somewhere, and needless to say, I am a fan of Dr. Forczyk.
Arrived on time and as advertised.
Clouded by Otto Skorzeny's account of the rescue of Benito Mussolini from his Gran Sasso prison, the operation has been characterized as a daring raid by SS "Commandos." Now, thanks to Dr. Forczyk, we have not just a more accurate picture of the raid, how it was planned and Skorzeny's TRUE role in the operation but we have it in a book which is well-written and informative without being boring.
So Skorzeny turns out to be all fluff and no substance! The author did a great job of researching this book, including some first person interviews that lend tremendous credence to his account of this raid. He dispells a number of myths; but proves the adage: "it is better to be lucky than good!" A nice, concise review of an important historical footnote-type event in WWII.
I learned a good bit of information which supplemented documentaries I have seen about this on the History or Military Channel. I feel this was well worth my time!
For a long time I thought that Otto Skorzeny was the commando extraordinaire the mastermind and leader of successful commando raids and one whose name alone caused fear and apprehension during the Ardennes Offinsive. This book sets the record straight, it was interesting reading, highly believable
This book, as part of Osprey's "Raid" series is relatively short (64 pages, about a third of which consist of illustration of one kind or another). Despite this brevity the book covers its topic in an excellent manner. It is well written, very well researched and well illustrated. The maps and photographs supplement the text perfectly. To a large extent this is due to the background of the author, Dr. Forzyck. Dr. Frocyz has a PhD in International Relations from Notre Dame but has also had 18 years of military service, many of which were in intelligence. This enables him to bring a military man's "on the ground" perspective to his analysis that so few academics are able to as well as being able to have researched the book so well and to have written it in a manner to fit the Osprey "Raid" framework so well.