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Thu Jul 23, 2020, 10:16 AM

Mussolini's final hours History.com

https://www.history.com/news/mussolinis-final-hours

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"By April 25, 1945, however, the Third Reich was quickly losing its grip on northern Italy. With his stronghold of Milan teetering on the precipice, Mussolini agreed to meet with a delegation of partisans at the palace of Milanís Cardinal Alfredo Schuster. There, a furious Mussolini learned that, unbeknownst to him, the Nazis had begun negotiations for an unconditional surrender.
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Mussolini stormed out of the palace and fled Milan with his 33-year-old mistress, Clara Petacci, in the 1939 Alfa Romeo sport car he had bought as a gift for his girlfriend. The following day, the pair joined a convoy of fellow fascists and German soldiers heading north toward Lake Como and the border with Switzerland. Mussolini donned a German Luftwaffe helmet and overcoat, but the disguise did little to save him when partisans stopped the convoy at the lakeside town of Dongo on April 27. For 20 years, Mussolini had built a cult of personality with his image emblazoned on posters and newspapers. Now, the familiarity of his distinctive shaved head and granite jaw, even in disguise, did him in.

The partisans seized Mussolini and Petacci. Fearing that the Nazis would again try to liberate the dictator, the partisans hid the pair in a remote farmhouse for the night. The following day, Mussolini and Petacci were removed from the house and driven to the small village of Giulino di Mezzegra on the shores of Lake Como. They were ordered to stand in front of a stone wall at the entrance to Villa Belmonte where both were executed by machine gun fire. The identity of the triggerman remains a point of contention, but it was likely communist partisan commander Walter Audisio.

Thereís no uncertainty, however, about what happened to Mussoliniís body in the hours after his execution. In the pre-dawn hours of April 29 the corpses of Mussolini, Petacci and 14 fellow fascists were placed in a truck and dumped like garbage in Milanís Piazzale Loreto, a deeply symbolic public square for the anti-fascist forces. There, eight months earlier, fascists acting under orders from Hitlerís SS publicly displayed the bodies of 15 executed partisans."




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Thu Jul 23, 2020, 10:34 AM

1. Boxerfan...

Thank you so much for posting. Excellent read...

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Thu Jul 23, 2020, 10:48 AM

2. Didn't they also hang the bodies by their feet for the public to see?

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Thu Jul 23, 2020, 12:59 PM

3. It covers that in the article. He was so badly mutilated....

From beatings & gunfire into the corpse that he was hard to ID afterwards.

A quick web search shows the scene. I believe the corpse(s) hanging by the feet is still a symbol of resistance in Italy.People get a tad miffed at fascists

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