By Robert Forczyk
Успешное спасение арестованного итальянского диктатора Бенито Муссолини с плато Гран-Сассо было одним из самых драматических в истории сил специальных операций. СКАЧАТЬ Rescuing Mussolini Gran Sasso 1943
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Inside glider no. 4, General Soleti sat immediately behind the pilot, Leutnant Meyer. Skorzeny was behind Soleti, followed by Untersturmführer Otto Schwerdt, Untersturmführer Robert Warger, Untersturmführer Andreas Friedrich, Rottenführer Himmel, Benz, Unterscharführer Hans Holzer, and Pföller. Glider no. 5 contained The Raid the rest of Skorzeny’s men, including Obersturmführer Ulrich Menzel and Obersturmführer Karl Radl. The tow planes approached Gran Sasso from the southwest, passing near L’Aquila, where they ran into strong gusts of wind and heavy cloud cover.
Radl later reported that some of his men had vomited from airsickness inside their glider as well. Inside glider no. 4, General Soleti sat immediately behind the pilot, Leutnant Meyer. Skorzeny was behind Soleti, followed by Untersturmführer Otto Schwerdt, Untersturmführer Robert Warger, Untersturmführer Andreas Friedrich, Rottenführer Himmel, Benz, Unterscharführer Hans Holzer, and Pföller. Glider no. 5 contained The Raid the rest of Skorzeny’s men, including Obersturmführer Ulrich Menzel and Obersturmführer Karl Radl.
This was also a very rough landing and Menzel broke his ankle just after exiting his glider. Radl slowly got the men out of the glider, but they were badly shaken up and also uncertain what to do next. Indeed, the SS men were pretty useless in the opening moments of the glider assault, due to a combination of lack of training for this role and airsickness. Inside the hotel, Tenente Faiola had been alerted to the glider landings by the shouting polizia and, after telling several men to secure the entrance, he ran upstairs to the third floor to ask Gueli for instructions.