Thursday, July 25, 2013

Jul

25

1943

Italy’s dictator Benito Mussolini is deposed

Mussolini in Tripoli during a visit to Libya. He is pictured on horseback brandishing the "Sword of Islam" which was presented to him by an Arab delegation. His plans to grab Egypt from the British had been a humiliating failure - now Italy faced war on home soil.

Mussolini went in the direction indicated when he suddenly he found himself surrounded by secret police who asked him to get into a motor ambulance which was standing a little distance away. ‘Can’t I use my car ?’ he asked, ‘and where are you taking me to’ ‘To a place where you will be quite safe,’ answered the oicer. Without saying anything more, Mussolini got into the motor ambulance and was taken to a Carabinieri barracks.