Skorzeny (Ballantine's illustrated history of the violent century. War leader book no. 11)

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The classic account of German World War II commando operations, with new material on a possible wartime Churchill-Mussolini correspondence, alleged involvement of the British in Mussolini's death, and Skorzeny's post-war association with Nasser and Evita Peron.

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The Most Dangerous Man in Europe. The classic account of German World War II commando operations, with new material on a possible wartime Churchill-Mussolini correspondence, alleged involvement of the British in Mussolini's death, and Skorzeny's post-war association with Nasser and Evita Peron.

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Another well researched and fair evaluation of one of WWII's most notorious characters. Otto Skorzeny once again had a certain amount of influence over the content, giving his last interview before his death from a war wound in 1976. The book provides an entertaining and intriguing perspective on the development of German special forces, as well as Skorzeny's own colourful personal life. Whilst Charles Foley's book 'Commando Extraordinary' goes into the German commando exploits of the war in far greater detail, this book reviews most of Skorzeny's postwar activites, a field previously not written about. Not only does it reveal several key examples of allied treachery and wrongdoing towards the end of the war years, but also a slightly lighter and poignant side to Skorzeny, demonstrating his loyalty to his country and comrades, not it's regime. Essential for anyone interested in the man himself, but not one to start with. --By Simon Andrews

This is Charles Whiting's original first edition published in 1972 of what later became known as Skorzeny: The Most Dangerous Man in Europe. Written before Otto Skorzeny died in 1975, Whiting portrays the life and exploits of one of the most interesting and fascinating military figures that came out of the Second World War and whose legend went beyond the daring rescue of Italian dictator Benito Mussolini from the Gran Sasso, the kidnapping of Admiral Horthy's son Miklós in Budapest and the sending of English-speaking troops in GI uniforms behind Allied lines during the Battle of the Bulge, besides the unusual closeness to Adolf Hitler. Skorzeny's determination to challenge conventional military thinking, by emulating British commando and partisan-style tactics, had a profound effect on modern warfare in the use of small units to fight the enemy when and where it would be least expected. This book is essential for all those interested in German elite and special forces during the Second World War and the impact of their operations in both the Western and Eastern fronts. I would recommend it as an excellent addition to other titles such as John Foley's Commando Extraordinary: Otto Skorzeny (1954) and James Lucas's Kommando: German Special Forces of World War Two (1985). --By Easy Reader

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