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Violet Gibson- the woman who shot Mussolini

Discussion in 'Prelude to War & Poland 1939' started by GRW, Feb 23, 2021.

  1. GRW

    GRW Pillboxologist WW2|ORG Editor

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    Just found this interesting story.
    "On 7 April 1926 an Irish woman stepped out from a crowd in Rome and fired a shot at one of the 20th century's most infamous dictators.
    One bullet grazed the nose of Benito Mussolini, but the Italian leader survived the assassination attempt.
    Among the many acts of individual bravery against fascism in Europe in the 20th century, Violet Gibson's has been largely lost to history.
    Of the four people who attempted to assassinate Il Duce, she came closest.
    Now, nearly a century later, moves to put up a plaque in Dublin are gathering pace.
    Her attempt on Mussolini's life came three years into his rule, as he was making a speech.
    She fired one shot before the gun jammed and was then attacked by Mussolini's supporters, and only saved by the police intervening and arresting her.
    After some time in an Italian prison, she was deported to England, something it is suspected might have happened to spare the embarrassment of a public trial in Italy.
    She was subsequently kept in St Andrew's Hospital, a mental asylum in Northampton, until her death in 1956."
    www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-56111443
     
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    Il Duce was Hitler's figure of a dictator. Wonder if Adolf knew of these attempts. ..
     
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    Maybe thought Benito was setting the bar a bit high? ;)
     

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