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Otto Skorzeny "The most dangerous man in Europe" Otto Skorzeny, Hitler's commando leader in World War 2, became known to the world in Septemberwhen German radio broadcasts hailed the previously unknown Skorzeny as "The most dangerous man in Europe" for his key role in the daring airborne raid to rescue the ousted Italian dictator Benito Mussolini.
It was Skorzeny's 1st success as a commando leader. With the successes that followed, allied media also began calling Skorzeny "The most dangerous man in Europe". The unusual making of a commando leader The son of an Austrian civil engineer, until World War 2 began Skorzeny lived and worked as an engineer in Vienna, Austria.
In Skorzeny joined the Austrian branch of the Nazi Party, and remained a loyal Nazi for the rest of his life. There were three seemingly unimportant details in Skorzeny's pre-war life which became important later: In Skorzeny and his wife spent their honeymoon in Italy.
On March 12,when Nazi Germany annexed Austria, Skorzeny demonstrated leadership and cold judgement by saving the Austrian president Wilhelm Miklas from being murdered by other Austrian Nazis.
Initially assigned to an Air Force technical personnel training class, Skorzeny then passed the admission tests of the all-volunteer elite Waffen SS, the Nazi party's private army, and was assigned to its basic combat training as technical officer candidate.
During the invasion of France in MaySkorzeny mostly "chased the war", as an acting technical officer in the heavy artillery unit of the 1st Waffen SS Division, in the trail of the rapidly advancing German forces. In Russia, Skorzeny saw some real combat action.
He was awarded the Iron Cross medal, and in late he was injured by shrapnel from Russian artillery rockets. He refused to be evacuated, and continued to fight with Das Reich in Russia, until the combination of his superficially treated head injury and disease enforced his evacuation to a hospital in Vienna.
Once out of hospital, on a medical recovery period, Skorzeny was assigned to a non-combat role in a Waffen SS depot in Berlin. It was a boring role and he wanted to return to the front, but in the meantime, he had many months in Berlin with plenty of spare time to read and to meet with fellow Waffen SS officers.
Skorzeny utilized this period to read all the literature that he could find about commando warfare, and to share his ideas about the subject with anyone who would listen to a junior technical officer's ideas about commando warfare.
Skorzeny's main argument, based on his experience in the Russian front, was that the German army, which demonstrated innovative warfare early in the war, gradually deteriorated to an ordinary war of attrition.
His proposed solution was to establish units specialized in unconventional warfare that will include fighting behind enemy lines, fighting in enemy uniform, sabotage attacks, etc.
All that talking eventually paid off, when in April Skorzeny was summoned to the Waffen SS headquarters and was told that the Waffen SS was looking for "a technically trained officer to carry out special duties".
Skorzeny accepted immediately, and was promoted to Captain, as the commander of a recently established Waffen SS unit named SS Special Unit Friedenthal, after the location of its barracks at Friedenthal, near Berlin. During Skorzeny's tenure as commanderhis unit was renamed twice, first to SS Hunters Battalionthe term Hunters denoted a broad range of German light infantry units, from paratroopers to military policeand then in November to SS Combat Unit "Center", and by then it expanded from a small unit to five battalions.
SS Special Unit Friedenthal Untilthe German army did not think that it needed units for unconventional special warfare deep behind enemy lines. Germany had a mighty army, the best in the world then, and it was not restrained by political, diplomatic, or moral constraints.NEW!
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