His body initially buried in an unmarked grave his remains were stolen and it would take twelve years before his wife was informed they had been located and he was finally laid to rest.
Benito Mussolini Fact Sheet: Who was Benito Mussolini? The following short biography and fact sheet provides interesting facts about the life, times and history of Benito Mussolini.
Benito Mussolini Fact File Biography: Lifespan: 1883 -1945 *** Full Name: Benito Amilcare Andrea Mussolini *** Nickname: Il Duce *** Occupation: Italian Politian and leader of the National Fascist Party and Prime Minister of Italy *** Date of Birth: Benito Mussolini was born on July 29th 1883 *** Place of Birth: Benito Mussolini was born in Dovia di Predappio in the province of Forli in Romagna, Kingdom of Italy *** Family background: His father was Alessandro Mussolini a blacksmith and socialist and his mother was Rosa Maltoni a devout Catholic schoolteacher *** Early life and childhood: He grew up with two younger siblings and often helped his father in his smithy *** Education: Benito Mussolini attending a boarding school run by Salesian monks and he would eventually qualify as an elementary schoolmaster himself ***
Benito Mussolini Fact 1:
Benito Mussolini was born on July
29th 1883 and during the late 19th
century period in history when many
empires across the globe collapsed,
the Spanish, first and second
French, Holy Roman, Mughal and
Chinese but the British and Russian
Empires, the United States and
German Empire where on the rise.
Benito Mussolini Fact 9: By
the time he had returned from the
war he was convinced socialism was a
failure and proceeding to become the
creator of fascism by turning the
Milan fascio into the Fasci Italiani
Benito Mussolini Fact 11: He would eventually oust Prime Minister Liugi Facta and become Prime Minister himself in 1922 and was given full power by King Victor Emmanuel III. What the King had not foreseen was the peril of a totalitarian progression.
Benito Mussolini Fact 12: In 1923 the government introduced the Acerbo Law which effectively made Italy a single nation constituency and also gave a two thirds majority of seats to Parliament to the group or party the held at least a quarter of the overall votes.
Benito Mussolini Fact 13:
During 1925 and 1927 he took apart
all constitutional and conventional
restraints on his power and created
a police state.
Benito Mussolini Fact 17: As
he saw the situation Germany was a
far stronger country to align with
than France or England but he would
not commit Italy to back Germany
because at that point his own
military strength was non-existent
and it was an area he needed to
Benito Mussolini Fact 19: Having suffered so serious set-backs in North Africa and Greece, Mussolini needed a victory and so he offered Hitler assistance on the Eastern Front against the Soviet Union. However the Italian themselves felt this was not their battle and losses were very high. This situation did severe damaged to Mussolini's credibility.
Benito Mussolini Fact 20: As the situation outside of Italy became desperate so was the situation within her boarders. The Allied invasion of Sicily saw the war arrive on the doorstep of Italy but as the truth of Mussoliniís war became ever more apparent the allies were seen as liberators and not invaders. Italyís factories, running short or raw materials, were ceasing production and Mussolini's propaganda mechanism was falling apart as more and more Italian nationals were listing to either Radio London or the Vatican Radio and realizing what they were being told was untrue.
Benito Mussolini Fact 21: By 1943 Mussolini was seeing his government splinter as the Allies were pushing ever closer to the Italian peninsula and Hitler would not aid him. His army was on the verge of breakdown and several of his very prominent government ministers were losing faith in him. To top all of these events the Allies bombed Rome.
Benito Mussolini Fact 22: Dino Grandi was one such leading politician and at this point request that the King assume his full constitutional powers in a vote of no confidence in Mussolini. He in turn felt the Grand Council of Fascism was only there for advice and did not really feel they had the power to overrule him but in fact they could and they did.
Benito Mussolini Fact 23: He was summoned to the royal palace, unbeknownst to him, the King had already been devising a plan to have him removed, he was informed of his removal and as he left the palace he was placed under arrest.
Benito Mussolini Fact 24: At this point for the next few days of his arrest although it had become public knowledge until Italy could make arrangements with the Allies the Naziís were left to believe even the new regime were on their side.
Benito Mussolini Fact 25: Mussolini was rescued and taken to Hitler but by then had no fight left in him, so weary and battle worn. The reinstated government headed south for safeties sake and so out maneuvered Hitlerís plan of restoring Mussolini to power.
Benito Mussolini Fact 26: Living in Gargnano on Lake Garda by 1945 Mussolini was no more than a puppet ruler and was very aware of his situation. Much of his time was spent writing his memoirs. While attempting to relocate to Switzerland, Mussolini and his mistress were halted by communist partisans and held overnight.
Benito Mussolini Fact 27:
The following day April 28th 1945
Mussolini, his mistress Clara
Petacci and other members of their
party made up of officials and
minister were shot in the village of
Guilino di Mezzegra.
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