This Day in History: The Rescue of BG James Dozier, USA

Thanks to Survival Blog, we remember that today in 1982, an Italian force (from the Carabinieri, I think), rescued the kidnapped American General James Dozier from the Red Brigades terrorist group.

The whole episode is interesting: In the first case, it reminds us how active and bold left-wing terrorists had become in Italy (and elsewhere), and what a true threat they posed. The rescue operation was nicely done, and was a huge step forward in the development of Western counter-terrorist capabilities. And Dozier himself has become a case study in what to do and what not to do, to avoid becoming a target. The General had a reunion with his rescuers a few years ago, and according to wikipedia he’s still alive and kicking.

Über vmijpp

VMIJPP hails from the star city of the south, Roanoke, Virginia. A 1989 graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, he is a retired artillery officer in the United States Marine Corps, with time in both the active and reserve sides. He served in Iraq in 2004, and in Afghanistan in 2009-2010. He joined the magnificent as a guest blogger from the now defunct but never uninteresting Rule 308, where he denounced gun control and other aspects of tyranny, and proclaimed the greatness of the United States. When the sun set on, he migrated here with Keydet1976 and the others.
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