"But at least the world was spared an Italian Nuremberg.”
Winston Churchill in the closing volume of his Second World War
•A probing insight into the death of the Italian dictator
•Explores the controversial theory involving Italian partisans acting
on behalf of a British Special Force
•Focuses on forensic aspects that contradict the official documents
To date there is no"smoking gun.” Still, the winding path leading to the theory of SOE involvement in the death of Mussolini is studded with disturbing clues. One background issue appears to be well-documented, namely that Winston Churchill in his determination to destroy Nazism and Fascism was not averse to resort to assassination when necessary.
It was a time, prior to the Marshall Plan, when Italy was viewed in the West as primed to become a Soviet satellite. But why would the victorious British Prime Minister then order or agree to the secret execution of the helpless Italian dictator who was nothing more than a satellite of Nazi Germany? Why was Mussolini executed? And did he have 65 kilos of gold with him - worth $5bn - when he was arrested?
In this remarkably well-researched work of historical detection, hugely-controversial when first published in Italy, Luciano Garibaldi provides a fascinating description of the more noteworthy theories surrounding Mussolini's death. He centres on some very elusive material commenting upon scenarios offered by other investigators.
Luciano Garibaldi has been a professional journalist and historian during his entire career. He is the author of many works of historical research specializing in Italian fascism and the Second World War. He has also written many investigative reports and articles published in major Italian magazines.