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Hitler's Raid to Save Mussolini The Most Infamous Commando Operation of World War II

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ISBN-10: 0306815052

ISBN-13: 9780306815058

Edition: 2006

Authors: Greg A. Annussek

List price: $17.99
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As the Allied invasion of Italy wore on through the summer of 1943, Mussolini was unexpectedly overthrown and imprisoned by his own people in a remote mountaintop resort. Hitler was furious when he heard the news and swore to rescue his ally and friend. On September 12, a small convoy of glider aircraft suddenly began crash-landing near the hotel where Mussolini was being held and German commandos poured out of the half-wrecked planes. The soldiers quickly overwhelmed the hotel and seized Mussolini, who had watched the drama unfold from a second-story window. "I knew my friend Adolf Hitler would not abandon me," said a grinning Mussolini to his rescuers. Hitler's daring rescue mission to free Mussolini was one of the most famous commando operations of the twentieth century, and it shocked the Allies. It was also the dramatic culmination of the bizarre relationship between Hitler and Mussolini. In this vivid narrative filled with action, intrigue, and some of history's most disreputable characters--among them the infamous leader of the raid. Otto Skorzeny, who was catapulted to worldwide fame as a result of the exploit--Greg Annussek recounts the incredible story of the secret six-week operation in all its drama and suspense.
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Book details

List price: $17.99
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Da Capo Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/22/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Prologue: Mussolini Falls from Power
Into the Wolf's Lair
Treason in the Air
An Early Friendship
A Dangerous Game
Tonight No Sleep for Anybody
The Odyssey of Benito Mussolini
Hitler Takes Control
The Raid on Santo Stefano
The Mystery of Maddalena Island
The Badoglio Shuffle
The Highest Prison in the World
The Double Cross
A Simple Plan
Freeing Mussolini
Epilogue: The Aftermath
The Story of Operation Oak
Notes
Bibliography
Index