An American soldier looks at a bullet-riddled portrait of Benito Mussolini which was taken from the former Fascists political headquarters in Anzio, Italy. 7 Feb 1944.
76 years ago
On September 11th, 1926, anarchist Gino Lucetti attempted to assassinate Italy’s fascist leader, Benito Mussolini by throwing an explosive at the Duce’s passing vehicle. The attempt was unsuccessful, and Lucetti was arrested and imprisoned on June, 1927 with a sentence of 30 years.
In 1943, Lucetti managed to escape, but was killed shortly afterwards in the German bombing raid on Ischia.
I think it’s interesting that almost every totalitarian leader in the 20th and 21st century has posed with small children for propaganda purposes. You know, to soften their image as an iron fisted dictator.
And then there is Victoriano Huerta…
Feel the Warmth
BTW, the kid with Stalin, her parents were later killed in Stalin’s purges.