28th APRiL ~ HISTORY ON THIS DAY

April 28th ~ This Day in History video by History.com ~ 1945: Benito Mussolini was executed : Benito Mussolini, and his mistress, Clara Petacci, were shot by Italian partisans on the 28th April 1945, when they attempted to flee to Switzerland. The 61-year-old deposed former dictator of Italy was established by his German allies as the figurehead of the puppet government in northern Italy during the German occupation near the close of the war. As the Allies fought their way up the Italian peninsula, Mussolini didn’t want to fall into the hands of the British, the Americans, and the communist partisans, who would try him as a war criminal, so he tried to escape to a neutral country. He and his mistress made it to the Swiss border, but his guards had crossed over to the partisan side. Mussolini disguised himself in a Luftwaffe coat and helmet, to slip into Austria with some German soldiers, but discovered by partisans and shot, their bodies then transported by truck to Milan, where they were hung upside down and displayed publicly for revilement by the masses. | & more about history on this day in the video…