Skorzeny with the liberated Mussolini on 12 September 194. (Credits: Bundesarchiv - 101I-567-1503C-15 - Toni Schneiders)

Otto Skorzeny’s Rescue of Mussolini – 12 September 1943

On the morning of July 25, 1943, King Victor Emmanuel who had backed Benito Mussolini ever since his March on Rome in 1922 told Il Duce, “The game is over, Mussolini . . . you’ll have to go.” Upon leaving the king’s villa, a carabinieri captain arrested Mussolini who took him to a secret location in Rome “for …

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