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4.0 out of 5 stars A very good summary, 8 May 2010
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This review is from: Rescuing Mussolini - Gran SASSO 1943 (Raid) (Paperback)
As opposed to Osprey's "German special forces of WW II" which is a sham, this small book is well documented, comprehensive enough and easy to read.
Skorzeny's true role is uncovered, something rarely observed in most publications.

Sheer luck appears to be pivotal in this much publicized raid. An operation botched up from the start aided by the lack of foresight, determination, direction and nerve from the Italian command and troops.

Page 59 shows a rarely seen FG 42 rifle mounted with what appears to be a ZF G 42 telescopic sight, preferably to a ZF 4. Something the author has missed out, focusing on the Pzbüsche 41.
More photos and colourplates would have earned this book five stars.
I would personnaly recommend the "After the battle" magazine related to the raid on the Gran Sasso to get the complete picture of the famous operation, photowise.
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Initial post: 11 May 2010 12:57:47 BDT
R. A Forczyk says:
Thanks for the review. Actually, I did look at the AFTB article on the raid, but the only information that it includes that I didn't discuss was the post-raid film that Student conducted at the Gran Sasso. Otherwise, it's hard to expect a 12-page magazine article to pack more information on a subject than a 64-page volume. I also tried to avoid using some of the well-known photos of Gran Sasso.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 May 2010 19:39:12 BDT
BLT says:
Deeply honoured to be writing to the author. Once again, congratulations for a very good book on the raid of the Gran Sasso.

The French military photographic archives (ECPAD, fort d'Ivry, suburban Paris) disclosed a couple of years ago a whole set of photos of the raid never-seen before .
Browse in Album D.A.A n° 79, photo roll 2843 to 2845. Some are duplicates and well-known, others are genuinely unique, absent from the Bundesarchiv.

It'd be great if you were considering writing about the raid on Leros. Also a book dedicated to the Küstenjägers would be a welcome first.

Merci et bon courage.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Jun 2010 14:03:30 BDT
R. A Forczyk says:
Thank you for the tip on ECPAD. Unfortunately, my next RAID title will probably be on the Eastern Front.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Oct 2011 19:49:20 BDT
N. Page says:
fact..repro fees on ECPA-D pictures are so horrendously expensive there is no way that Osprey could or would ever consider using them... fieu !

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Oct 2011 22:39:07 BDT
Last edited by the author on 3 Jan 2012 13:18:53 GMT
BLT says:
Very true sir. ECPAD is indeed expensive and ridiculously so.

However nowadays the rarity of new photos might well be worth the investment.
Instead of having two-page paintings invariably poor and certainly much cheaper but unworthy of Osprey's readers.
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