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An investigation into Mussolini's secret execution and the many theories about what really happened during the fateful hours after he was taken prisoner by Italian partisans near Como. Did the British secret service actually have something to do with Mussolini's death? Was Churchill in the know? This book answers those questions and more.
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Luciano Garibaldi, born in Rome in 1936, has been a professional news writer for his entier career and worked for the most prestigious Italian weeklies: Oggi, Gente, and the Rome daily Il Tempo. He is the author of the 1982 groundbreaking book Mussolini e
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Interesting But Speculative Aug 24, 2008
On 28 Apr 1945 Benito Mussolini, his mistress, and 15 other Fascist leaders were brutally executed. The next day their bodies were strung up like a side of beef and brutalized by angry Italians.
That much we know. But how much about his attempted escape into Switzerland, his capture, his brief imprisonment, and his death do we know? And, for the sake of this book, what was captured along with Il Duce? Luciano Garibaldi attempts to answer these questions and why the generally accepted version of Il Duce's last hours may be less than accurate.
The general thrust of this book is that the Communist partisans were not the true executioners. Instead, Garibaldi argues that British agents were involved and that Mussolini and his mistress died on the morning of 28 Apr 1945 and not the afternoon of that day as generally reported. Their bodies were later transported, shot a few more times, and then taken off to be hung in a town square.
Garibaldi argues that Mussolini thought he had a "get out of jail free card" -- copies of correspondence between himself and Winston Churchill. It is no secret Churchill had been in contact with Mussolini in the 1930s and even attempted to dissuade Mussolini from entering the war in Jun 1940. Such papers were probably not a concern. However, Garibaldi argues that in the closing months of the war there had been more correspondence that could have been very damaging to Churchill if they fell into the wrong hands. Mussolini may have thought such papers guaranteed his safety when, in fact, they guaranteed his death. With his death and the papers destroyed, Churchill's secrets would be safe.
Although I am tempted to reveal what Garibaldi thinks were in those papers I do not want to give away too much of the story. I am curious as to how Churchill could have possibly thought he could have pulled off the scheme that Garibaldi thinks he was trying to pull with the Fascist dictator but unless such papers were to ever be revealed we may never know.
It is an interesting book that tries to cast Il Duce in a less sinister mode than generally believed. Mussolini jumped into the war to claim his share of the spoils after the inevitable Axis Power victory only to contribute to the Axis Power defeat through his country's military ineptness. Very few people would put him in the same category of tyranny as Adolf Hitler or Josef Stalin. He screwed up and screwed up his allies. If Garibaldi is correct about the secrets that Mussolini carried with him then those papers would certainly be an interest item for historians and an embarrassment for Churchill's legacy. Which, according to Garibaldi, is why Churchill conveniently silenced Mussolini.
Without those papers this book is speculative at best. It is an interesting book but not a great book. However, if one day those papers were to materialize and be proven authentic and substantiate Garibaldi's theories then one could say they read it here first.