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Skorzeny 'The Most Dangerous Man in Europe'

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    Available in PDF Format | Skorzeny 'The Most Dangerous Man in Europe'.pdf | English
    Charles Whiting(Author)
Skorzeny was one of the most daring figures of the 20th Century. His exploits included the rescue of Mussolini from his mountain prison, a brief affair with Eva Peron, a blackmail attempt on Winston Churchill and the kidnapping of the son of the wartime dictator of Hungary. Eisenhower declared him The most wanted man in Europe". Charles Whiting
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  • PDF | 145 pages
  • Charles Whiting(Author)
  • Pen & Sword Books Ltd; New edition edition (9 April 1997)
  • English
  • 8
  • History

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  • By Simon Andrews on 16 March 2000

    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 Easy Reader on 17 August 2010

    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 alwaysarocker on 26 July 2013

    At well under 200 pages, this shouldn't take you long to read. A brief, well written study . Most people interested in the period would probably rather a book a bit more substantial, but it does serve as a basis for further research or indeed for the reader who is looking for an easily readable overview.

  • By jason on 14 April 2015

    Excellent very vood serviceanc hardback

  • By Mr J R Buckland on 11 May 2015

    This book provides a useful intro to the man whose "dirty tricks" brigade changed the rules of warfare.

  • By Charles Wright on 2 August 2014

    Well worth reading. Good book about a little known character in history.

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