On this day: the executions of Benito Mussolini and Clara Petacci

Mussolini_biografiaBenito MussoliniClara Petacci mistress of Benito Mussolini

Italy’s Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini, and Clara Petacci, his mistress, were executed by partisans in the northern Italian village of Giulino di Mezzegra on the 28th of April, 1945.

25-aprile-1945-prefettura-di-milanoprobabilmente-lultima-foto-da-vivo3Benito Mussolini leaving the prefecture in Milan on 25 April 1945. Last photo of him alive.

Believed to be the last photograph of Mussolini, taken three days before his death.

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Mussolini, second from left, and Petacci, centre.

Alongside a number of others, the bodies of both Mussolini and Petacci were hung on display in Milan the following day. Mussolini’s wife was not present at the time of his execution.