SKORZENY'S SECRET MISSIONS by Otto Skorzeny

SKORZENY'S SECRET MISSIONS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The former Chief of the Nazi Commandos recounts some of his most thrilling missions -- freeing Mussolini in 1943 from Badoglio's guards, heading a secret army that forced Nazi demands on Petain and the Vichy Government and spiked attempts to spirit the old Marshal out of France, and overthrowing Admiral Horty's government in Hungary when that country signed a separate peace with Russia. Exciting as these exploits are, most readers will still find their enjoyment of the book considerably lessened by Skorzeny's latterday lament over the fate of bombed German cities, and his recording of his first meeting with Hitler-- ""Here was my master whom I had been following loyally for years. Here was my leader in whom I had absolute confidence"". Readers at all familiar with the history of World War II will also find much to dispute in the author's statement that the V-1 rocket bombs were loosened over London only as justifiable retaliation for the ""wanton"" serial destruction of Reich cities.

Pub Date: Dec. 27th, 1950
Publisher: Dutton