Mussolini's fellow Fascists give him a vote of no confidence just hours before the coup, but the dictator underestimates the threat.
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Otto Skorzeny arrives at the Wolf's Lair, where Hitler explains the unique nature of the mission.
On hearing of the Italian coup, Hitler's first reaction is to swoop into Rome and arrest Mussolini's captors.
The Hitler-Mussolini relationship.
Skorzeny's Heinkel 111 crashes into the sea during a recon flight.
Skorzeny and the German paratroopers land their gliders on the mountaintop plateau where Mussolini is being held prisoner.
Hitler is reunited with Mussolini after the rescue only to discover that the Duce is a shadow of his former self.