Abe Baum, led failed WWII mission, dies at 91

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Abe Baum, who led a disastrous World War II attempt to liberate a POW camp at the orders of Gen. George Patton, has died. He was 91.

His wife, Eileen, tells the Los Angeles Times that Baum died on March 3 at his San Diego home.

Baum was a 23-year-old captain when Patton ordered him to liberate the camp deep in Germany weeks before the war’s end. Patton’s son-in-law, Lt. Col. John Knight Waters, was there — although Patton later denied that prompted his order.

Twenty-five men were killed and 32 others, including Baum, were wounded. Allied soldiers liberated the camp days later.

Historians call the raid ill-conceived and unnecessary but the tactics are still studied.

Baum later had a career in the garment industry.

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