"Mussolini and his mistress"


Benito Mussolini (1883 – 1945) was the leader of the National Fascist Party and ruler of Italy between 1922 and 1943. Alongside Hitler, he was one of the key fascist figures of the 20th century.

Married to Rachele Mussolini, he had a number of mistresses including, most famously, Clara Petacci, who was twenty-eight years younger than he was. In 1945, two years after being ousted from power, Mussolini and a group of colleagues were attempting to escape when they were captured by Communists. Clara Petacci, who was with the group, was offered her freedom but elected to remain with her lover. She and Mussolini were shot on 28th April 1945 at Mezzegra; their bodies were hung up and taunted by an angry crowd in the Piazzale Loreto of Milan on the following day.