On This Day in History, October 31, 1922: Mussolini Seizes Power in Italy

The Tactical Hermit

October 31, 1922 – Benito Mussolini Assumes Power in Italy

Mussolini formed the Fascist Party in March of 1919 with the support of many unemployed veterans of WWI. He organized them into armed squads known as Black Shirts, who terrorized their political opponents. In 1921, the Fascist Party was invited to join the coalition government.

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