On this date in 1943 (12 September), a crack unit of Luftwaffe Fallschirmjaeger – with a support team of WSS Commandos – swept down upon a barren mountain plateau in Italy and snatched deposed Italian dictator Benito Mussolini away to Berlin.
To read the most in-depth and accurate account yet published of this remarkable raid, be sure to pick up Osprey Publishing’s “Rescuing Mussolini: Gran Sasso 1943” by Robert Forczyk – you can read our review of this book here.
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Capt. Armands Rutkis, a joint tactical air controller from the Latvian armed forces, marks a drop zone with smoke for a C-130 Hercules dropping simulated cargo during a joint training exercise Aug. 5.
U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Scott Thompson