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Bennito Mussolini was a fascist dictator in Italy from 1922 to 1943 he centralized all power within him self as the leader of the Fascist party in attempt to create an Italian empire Mussolinis rise to power was rapid as he had become successful in improving the Italian economy and bringing stability as he said He made the trains run on timeas somebody was shot otherwise Like Hitler Mussolini served in World War1 and returned to find his country in political and economic chaos and in response formed an extremist political party This soon led to a program of militarisation The Italians ignored any rumors of police brutality as they were more focused on Mussolinis visible success After invading Ethiopia by using tactics which were condemned by the French and the British Mussolini looked elsewhere for allies and found Germany and Japan After joining Hitler in supporting the Fascist Nationalists side in 1936 he gained an ally Spanish Generalissimo Franco but being associated with the atrocities of this brutal war lost him support in the rest of the world Mussolinis downfall began when he joined Germany in the Second World War against Britain and France Italian armies were not only beaten by the modern forces of Britain France and the USA but also the Greeks when they attempted to invade Greece in 1941 By July 1943 Italy had lost all of it colonies in Africa and most of its army and was being invaded Mussolini was deposed by a revolt within his own Fascist Grand Council and Victor Emmanuael III the King of Italy who had been reduced to a figurehead by Mussolini appointed Marshal Badoglio to be the new Prime Minister Mussolini was arrested while Italy attempted to change sides In the southern part of Italy occupied by the Allies this succeeded and the new Italian government helped create the Italian Co-Belligerent Forces Hitler sent German paratroops to rescue Mussolini from the mountaintop resort
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