Gran Sasso Raid – How German WW2 Special Forces Rescued Mussolini From a Mountain Prison

Special Forces Rescued Mussolini

In 1943, the tide of World War II was turning against the Axis Powers as Mussolini was overthrown in Italy in the face of Allied advances into Sicily and Rome. Germany was put in the embarrassing and uncomfortable position of having one of his top European allies imprisoned by his own country on top of a remote mountain plateau. In one of the Führer’s most daring gambles to salvage Axis control over Europe, the Germans decided to launch a dangerous mission to rescue Mussolini from his imprisonment. Held in the Hotel Campo Imperatore perched on the Gran Sasso massif, it was thought by the Italians that Mussolini would be unreachable..

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