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Otto Skorzeny

The Devil’s Disciple
Narrated by: Julian Elfer
Length: 13 hrs and 27 mins
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Summary

SS-Obersturmbannführer Otto Skorzeny became a legend in his own time. "Hitler's favorite commando" acquired a reputation as a man of daring, renowned for his audacious 1943 mission to extricate Mussolini from a mountain-top prison. He could be brave and resourceful, but was also a notorious egoist and an unrepentant Nazi until the end of his life.

Stuart Smith draws on years of in-depth research to uncover the truth about Skorzeny's career and complex personality. From his background as a student radical in Vienna to his bloody service with the Waffen-SS on the Eastern Front, and from his surprise rebirth as a commando to his intriguing post-war career and mysterious fortune, this book tells Otto Skorzeny's story in full-warts and all-for the first time.

©2018 Stuart Smith (P)2018 Tantor

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Fascinating but incomplete

Covers his military career well but you never get to meet the man.
Well read.

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Brilliant book

Great descriptions of a notable events, told in a unbiased way to give a good overall picture of the man. Well worth a listen.

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decent listen despite an objectionable protaganist

Decent book though you eventually feel Skorzeny was a product of his own self aggrandisement. Disappointingly vague in its coverage of his links to postwar nasi escape networks it shows what a thoroughly vile and unrepentant nazi he was till the end of his life.

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