Otto Skorzeny

Otto Skorzeny
1908 - 1975

Otto Skorzeny  Austrian Military


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Austrian Military Serviceperson Otto Skorzeny was born on 12th June, 1908 in Vienna, Austria and passed away on 7th Jul 1975 Madrid, Spain aged 67. He is most remembered for The Gran Sasso raid which rescued Benito Mussolini from captivity. His zodiac sign is Gemini.

Otto Skorzeny is a member of the following lists: 1908 births, Deaths from lung cancer and 1975 deaths.


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First Name Otto
Last Name Skorzeny
Alternative Name Scarface
Age 67 (age at death) years
Birthday 12th June, 1908
Birthplace Vienna, Austria
Died 7th July, 1975
Place of Death Madrid, Spain
Cause of Death Lung Cancer
Buried Vienna, Austria (Skorzeny family plot)
Height 6' 4" (193 cm)
Build Athletic
Eye Color Blue
Hair Color Brown - Dark
Distinctive Feature As a child he competed in sword-duelling. In one match he was cut across the face, which left a large, permanent scar..., Born into a middle-class Austrian family which had a long history of military service..., Surname is of Polish origin, and Skorzeny's distant relatives came from a village called Skorzęcin in Greater Poland region...
Zodiac Sign Gemini
Sexuality Straight
Ethnicity White
Nationality Austrian
Occupation Text Waffen-SS lieutenant colonel, post-war military advisor
Occupation Military
Claim to Fame The Gran Sasso raid which rescued Benito Mussolini from captivity

Otto Johann Anton Skorzeny (12 June 1908 – 5 July 1975) was an Austrian-born German SS-Obersturmbannführer (lieutenant colonel) in the Waffen-SS during World War II. During the war, he was involved in several operations, including the removal from power of Hungarian Regent Miklós Horthy and the Gran Sasso raid which rescued Benito Mussolini from captivity. Skorzeny led Operation Greif in which German soldiers infiltrated Allied lines by using their opponents' uniforms, equipment, language and customs. He was charged for that at the Dachau Military Tribunal with breaching the 1907 Hague Convention, but was acquitted after a former British SOE agent F. F. E. Yeo-Thomas testified that he and his operatives had worn German uniforms behind enemy lines.

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