Otto Skorzeny

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Otto Skorzeny by Stuart Smith Summary

SS-Obersturmbannführer Otto Skorzeny became a legend in his own time. 'Hitler's favourite commando' acquired a reputation as a man of daring, renowned for his audacious 1943 mission to extricate Mussolini from a mountain-top prison. Skorzeny's influence on special operations doctrine was far-reaching and long-lasting - in 2011, when US Navy SEALs infiltrated Pakistan to eliminate Osama Bin Laden, the operational planning was influenced by Skorzeny's legacy. Yet he was also an egoist who stole other men's credit (including for the seminal rescue of Mussolini), brave and resourceful but also an unrepentant Nazi and a self-aggrandizing hogger of the limelight. Stuart Smith draws on years of in-depth research to uncover the truth about Skorzeny's career and complex personality. From his background as a student radical in Vienna, to his bloody service with the Waffen-SS on the Eastern Front, his surprise rebirth as a commando, and his intriguing post-war career and mysterious fortune, this book tells Otto Skorzeny's story in full - warts and all - for the first time.

My Commando Operations

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The memoirs of the legendary Skorzeny appear here in its first unabridged English edition. Skorzeny's fame began with the successful raid to free Benito Mussolini from the Gran Sasso, Italy in 1943. His elite commandos surprised Italian guards in a daring daytime raid. Hitler presented Skorzeny with the Knight's Cross for this operation. Not only is this raid explained in minute detail, many of Skorzeny's previously unknown operations in all European and Russian theatres of World War II are given in detailed accounts. Operation Griffin - the innovative use of German Kommandos dressed as American soldiers working behind enemy lines - during the Ardennes Offensive in 1944 is given in-depth coverage, as is Skorzeny's rememberances on the Malmedy massacre. Skorzeny also offers his insights into the mysterious Rudolf Hess mission to England in May 1941, and offers a behind the scenes look at German and Russian secret military intelligence, and the workings of Canaris and Gehlen.

Skorzeny’s Special Missions

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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.

Skorzeny

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Skorzeny by Charles Whiting Summary

Skorzeny was one of the most daring figures of the 20th Century. His exploits included the rescue of Mussolini from his mountain prison, a brief affair with Eva Peron, a blackmail attempt on Winston Churchill and the kidnapping of the son of the wartime dictator of Hungary. Eisenhower declared him The most wanted man in Europe. Charles Whiting

Hitler's Commando

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He was one of the smartest, toughest, most courageous soldiers to fight in World War II. A hero to all who knew him. And he was a Nazi . . . Otto Skorzeny was Germany’s top commando in the Second World War—and one of the most famous men in the history of special forces. His extraordinary wartime career was one of high risk and adventure that few will ever equal. When Mussolini was imprisoned in Italy in 1943, it was Skorzeny who successfully led the daring glider rescue, winning the Knight’s Cross and receiving a promotion as a result. He took a critical role in the Ardennes offensive with a controversial plan to raise a brigade disguised as Americans with captured Sherman tanks. And when his captured countrymen spread a false rumor that he was planning to assassinate Eisenhower, the Allied leader was confined to his headquarters under guard for protection. Dubbed “the most dangerous man in Europe” by the Allies, he was awarded the German Cross in Gold. Here, Skorzeny tells the full story of his exploits in the gripping true story of “a brave and resourceful man who served an evil cause” (New York Journal of Books).

For Germany

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Military History and Collectibles; Otto Skorzeny only rose to the rank of Colonel in the SS, yet is one of the best known and colorful figures of the Third Reich, in large part because of the faith Hitler had in the tall Austrian engineer. Many books have been written about his career, to include autobiographies, but before he died in 1975 he personally entrusted Bender Publishing with the formidable task of producing the most detailed, up-dated and best illustrated version of his incredible life story. A quarter of a century later, after painstaking research into the text and a hunt for unpublished illustrations, the ultimate story of "Scarface" Skorzeny, "the most dangerous man in Europe" and Hitler's "commando extraordinary" is finally available. Complete with an exhaustive index, providing biographical details not found in the text, this is likely to be the last word on this larger than life personality, one of the great characters of World War II.

The Skorzeny Papers

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The Skorzeny Papers by Ralph Ganis Summary

In The Skorzeny Papers, the author reveals the details of the post-World War II activities of former SS Commando Otto Skorzeny. Considered by British and American Allied forces as “the most dangerous man in Europe,” Skorzeny planned and led numerous daring missions throughout the war. The story in this book was extracted by Major Ganis from Skorzeny’s personal papers. The evidence reveals that Skorzeny gradually and methodically became involved in US intelligence and covert operations during the Cold War. But Skorzeny’s network had a greater point of destiny in November 1963, when it was utilized to carry out the most tragic mission in history. This story would have been lost had Skorzeny not kept meticulous records of his businesses and contacts, which were fronts for US covert activity. In the end, The Skorzeny Papers reveal the intriguing web of secret organizations and people linked to the events culminating in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

Freeing Mussolini

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Freeing Mussolini by Óscar González López Summary

The untold inside story of the audacious Nazi plot to rescue il Duce from an Allied prison. The operation to free Mussolini, who was being held prisoner in a high mountain hotel on the summit of Gran Sasso, Italy, in September 1943, is without a doubt one of the most spectacular operations not only of the Second World War, but in all military history. German paratroopers, the Wehrmacht’s elite, were responsible for organizing the rescue in record time, and executing a daring and perfectly synchronized operation between land and airborne detachments. Surprise and speed were the Fallschirmjäger’s main weapons, surprising the Italian garrison guarding il Duce. For political reasons Otto Skorzeny, the clever SS officer, also participated in the operation, leading a dozen of his commandos. Propaganda and his connections with Himmler made him into the false hero of the mission, over-emphasizing his role in the whole search and rescue operation. Based on the testimony of several protagonists in this incredible operation, as well as analyzing major documents (letters, reports by General Kurt Student, etc.) and the abundant literature available on the subject, this book dismantles the “Skorzeny Myth” and reveals the truth of what really happened in a mission that even Churchill called “one of great daring.”

Otto Skorzeny

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Otto Skorzeny by Massimiliano Afiero Summary

Quella di Otto Skorzeny è sicuramente una delle figure più controverse ed appassionanti della Seconda Guerra Mondiale, alla quale molti storici hanno dedicato articoli e libri, per esaltare o denigrare le sue azioni che nel bene o nel male furono comunque straordinarie: la liberazione del Duce sul Gran Sasso, l’operazione “Panzerfaust” nell’ottobre del 1944, l'operazione 'Grifone' durante l'offensiva nelle Ardenne fino all’eroica difesa della testa di ponte di Schwedt sull’Oder. Non bisogna però dimenticare tutte le altre missioni, di minor successo, che furono concepite grazie al lavoro coordinato dell’unità di Skorzeny con la sezione “S” (sabotaggio) dell’Amt-VI del Sicherheitsdienst, il servizio di sicurezza delle SS, che fu creata presso l’unità di stanza a Friedenthal. Libro ricchissimo di informazioni ed immagini.

The Law of Armed Conflict

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The Law of Armed Conflict by Gary D. Solis Summary

The Law of Armed Conflict: International Humanitarian Law in War introduces law students and undergraduates to the law of war in an age of terrorism. What law of armed conflict/international humanitarian law applies to particular armed conflicts? Does that law apply to terrorists as well? What is the status of participants in an armed conflict? What constitutes a war crime? What is a lawful target and how are targeting decisions made? What are rules of engagement? What weapons are lawful and unlawful, and why? This text takes the reader through these essential questions of the law of armed conflict and international humanitarian law to an awareness of finer points of battlefield law. The U.S.-weighted text incorporates lessons from many nations and includes hundreds of cases from jurisdictions worldwide.

Flight of the Valkyrie

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Based on the real events at the end of World War II this thrilling military novel has increased relevance in today’s climate of terrorism. Flight of the Valkyrie centers on an attempt by Heinrich Himmler, member of the doomed Nazi hierarchy to infiltrate the Manhattan Project and capture the newly developed atomic bomb intending to use it as leverage to mitigate Germany’s surrender terms. Receiving classified intelligence of the project’s progress from a mole within the Russian spy network a top-secret team of German commandos lands on the coast of Maine and launches a ruthless campaign of blackmail and forgery. The gripping story is inspired by real-life intrigues of Heinrich Himmler, head of the SS, who instigates a special underground organization in a desperate attempt at self preservation at the time of Germany’s surrender in 1945. All the hallmarks of a great espionage thriller are here, enhanced by the cast of endlessly complex characters, the fresh and distinctive voice of this first-time novelist, and the note of authenticity of the best historical fiction.

Airborne Combat

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Airborne Combat by James E. Mrazek Summary

Comprehensive look into the dangerous world of glider warfare.

Objetivo Skorzeny

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Objetivo Skorzeny by Blanco Corredoira Summary

Madrid, años 60. Un hombre de negocios austriaco sin pasado. Un comando israelí en busca del hombre más peligroso de Europa. Un mito del nazismo muy útil en el juego de los servicios secretos durante la Guerra Fría. Objetivo Skorzeny es la novela que desvela el enigma del «hombre más peligroso de Europa». Otto Skorzeny ―sin duda alguna, uno de los grandes mitos de la Segunda Guerra Mundial y también una de sus figuras más controvertidas― alcanzó fama mundial siendo capitán de las Waffen-SS en septiembre de 1943, cuando participó en la operación de rescate de Mussolini, prisionero en el inexpugnable refugio de montaña situado en el Gran Sasso. La narración de estos hechos se hace aquí desde un enfoque particularmente emocionante, para centrarse después en los años de posguerra, en los que Skorzeny lucha por eludir la persecución de sus enemigos comunistas y de agentes israelíes del Mossad que se trasladan hasta España, en donde encontró refugio desde el final de su cautiverio hasta el día de su muerte en el verano de 1975.

The Beast Reawakens

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The Beast Reawakens by Martin A. Lee Summary

This reprint edition features a new preface to address events that have occured since the first edition was released.

Battle of the Bulge

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Battle of the Bulge by Tim McNeese Summary

When German forces went on the offensive against a thin American front in the Ardennes region, their goals were quite lofty. After four weeks of fighting, they had done little more than create a bulge in the American line and dwindle their own forces.

Meine Kommandounternehmen

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Vivere pericolosamente

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