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The March on Rome was behind the scenes negotiations between Mussolini in Milano and the king. The king did not consult General Badoglio who was for a military intervention. "One shot will scatter these fascist." The fascists entered Rome after the accords to make Mussolini prime minister. By then their number had swollen significantly.

The only shots fired were from the courageous working class in San Lorenzo. The fascists devasted San Lorenzo, killing thirteen.

Mussolini planned the march in a now-or-never gamble but prudently waited safely in Milano. Besides a couple of speeches in Naples, he never marched. The king did the rest.

Why the king chose to pointedly ignore the military command and capitulate remains controversial.

by de Gondi (publiobestia aaaatttthotmaildaughtusual) on Sat May 23rd, 2009 at 10:49:55 AM EST
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