Rescuing Mussolini cover
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The successful rescue of imprisoned Italian dictator Benito Mussolini from atop the Gran Sasso plateau 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 mountaintop resort, the Hotel Campo Imperatore which could only be reached by a heavily guarded cable car station. The Germans, led by SS Haupsturmführer Otto Skorzeny, launched a daring Glider-borne assault, which surprised the Italian guards and secured Mussolini without a shot being fired. However, when the original escape plan had to be scrapped, the Germans organize a desperate, last minute airborne extraction to escape before the Italians could launch a counter attack.

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Published 10 Apr 2010
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 64
ISBN 9781846034626
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 41 b/w; 3 col
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Raid
Short code RAID 9
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Robert Forczyk

Robert Forczyk has a PhD in International Relation…

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Howard Gerrard

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Mariusz Kozik

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