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.