“On the night of the 11th to 12th September, I was made to understand that the allies would not keep me alive in their hands... It was 14:00 hours when I saw the first glider land, followed by others and then groups of men approached the refuge, prepared to eliminate any resistance. The guards watching over me couldnÃt understand what was happening and didn't fire. The whole thing lasted five minutes. The enterprise, example of the German's organization, decision and sense of initiative would be remembered in the history of the war. In time it will become legendary.”
With these prophetic words, Mussolini himself described the audacious Operation Oak raid by German Waffen-SS that freed him from his captors in the Hotel Campo Imperatore.
Yet it was not without cost.
This book provides a complete, illustrated account of the controversial and dangerous liberation of one of history's most infamous leaders, Mussolini.
Soft cover, 7" x 10", 64 pages, 72 b+w photos and color profiles.
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