Skorzeny's Daring Rescue of Mussolini

On 26 July 1943, a young German captain in the Friedenthal Special Formation of the Waffen SS, was called urgently to the Fuhrer's Headquarters.  His aircraft landed on an airfield at the edge of a lake near Lotzen in East Prussia and from there he was hurried to a room where five other officers, whom he had never met before, were gathered.

 

He was introduced to the others and shortly afterwards, one said, "You will now meet the Fuhrer, gentlemen.  He will have some questions for you.  Please follow me".

 

The young captain's name was Otto Skorzeny, a man already known throughout the German army for his capabilities of getting things done regardless of the difficulties.

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