Otto Skorzeny

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  1. liverpool annie

    liverpool annie New Member

    "The most dangerous man in Europe "

    Otto Skorzeny, Hitler's commando leader in World War 2, became known to the world in September 1943, when boastful German radio broadcasts hailed the previously unknown Skorzeny as "The most dangerous man in Europe" for his key role in the successful and daring airborne raid to rescue the ousted Italian dictator Benito Mussolini, who was secretly imprisoned at the almost inaccessible summit of Gran Sasso, the highest mountain in the Italian Apennines, on September 12, 1943.

    This was just the first of Skorzeny's successes as Hitler's commando leader. With the successes that followed, western media too, called Otto Skorzeny "The most dangerous man in Europe".

    The unusual making of a commando leader

    Otto Skorzeny was born June 12, 1908, in Vienna, Austria. Otto's father owned a successful engineering firm, and the family lived quite comfortably until the depression that ravished Austria at the end of World War I. When the teenaged Otto once complained that he'd never tasted real butter, his father's response was prophetic:

    There is no harm in doing without things. It might even be good for you not to get used to a soft life.

    Otto Skorzeny
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