The Daring Missions of Otto Skorzeny and the Nazi Special Forces
Otto Skorzeny was Adolf Hitler’s favorite soldier and Germany’s top commando in World War II. He 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.
When Benito 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 Adm. Miklos Horthy from signing a peace treaty with Stalin in 1944. Now dubbed “the most dangerous man in Europe” by the Allies, Skorzeny 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 U.S. tanks.
A fascinating depiction of commando action, Skorzeny’s memoirs are a key addition to special forces literature. The author gives us fascinating details about his many famous missions between 1943 and the end of the war, and he offers a fair appraisal of the war situation in Germany, as well as any tactical and military mistakes. Skorzeny also sheds light on several personalities in a new way. The book also includes several pages of interesting photos.
If you are interested in the operations of Otto Skorzeny, this is a great book for anyone who wants to learn about them.
Softcover, 244 pages, #887