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.
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
Operation REASSURANCESoldiers from the 16th Battalion of the Polish 6th Airborne Brigade and “Mike” Company, 3rd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment conduct a tactical river crossing as part of a joint exercise during Operation REASSURANCE on July 30, 2014.
Photo: Cpl Mark Schombs, 4 CDSG Garrison Petawawa Imaging
Paratroopers are seen from the air after exiting from a CH-47 helicopter during “Leapfest XXXI” on Aug. 4, 2014. Leapfest is an Airborne parachute competition sponsored by the Rhode Island National Guard to promote high level technical training within the International Airborne community.
U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Horace Murray, 982nd Combat Camera Company (Airborne).
Individual Training Course students with Marine Special Operations School at Stone Bay, participating in the field training exercise Raider Spirit. Raider Spirit is an eight-day culminating event for the first phase of ITC training, where students run light infantry scenarios as a field team. Throughout the exercise, student teams face many challenges as a result of an operationally restrictive scenario and numerous long distance foot movements with little sleep.
USMC photo: Cpl. Donovan Lee, May 2014