Today in World War II History

Otto Skorzeny, Harald Mors, and Benito Mussolini in front of
Hotel Campo Imperatore, Gran Sasso, Italy, 12 Sep 1943
(German Federal Archive)
70 Years Ago—Sept. 12, 1943: German SS detachment in gliders rescues Mussolini from Gran Sasso, where he was imprisoned by the Italian government. Australians take Salamaua in New Guinea. US War Ration Book Three becomes active.