engineering talent:He was a noted fencer as a university student in Vienna. He engaged in thirteen personal combats. The tenth resulted in a wound that left a dramatic scar - known in academic fencing as a Schmiss (German for "smite") - on his cheek.
iron cross:In 1940, as an SS Untersturmf├╝hrer, he impressed his superiors by designing ramps to load tanks on ships.
In December 1942 Skorzeny was hit in the back of the head by shrapnel from Russian Katyusha artillery rockets. He refused all first aid except for a few aspirin, a bandage, and a glass of schnapps. A few hours later Skorzeny rejoined his unit but his health deteriorated, and continuous headaches and stomach pains forced him to evacuate for proper medical treatment. He was awarded the Iron Cross for bravery under fire and sent to Vienna to recover. While in Vienna, he read all the published literature he could find on commando warfare, and forwarded to higher command his ideas on unconventional commando warfare.
rescue of mussolini:
getting ready for the next war:Operation Oak (Unternehmen Eiche, September 1943) - The rescue of Italian dictator Benito Mussolini.
The last decent movie featuring nazis that i can remember was the cross of iron. Its a shame really, since there's more to ww2 than glorious americans saving europe by themselves and evil nazis killing babiesSkorzeny surrendered on May 16, 1945, feeling that he could be useful to the Americans in the forthcoming Cold War. He emerged from the woods near Salzburg, Austria and surrendered to a Lieutenant of the US 30th Infantry Regiment.