Mussolini, Hitler Die Two Days Apart

Benito Mussolini and Adolf Hitler shown in this photo would die two days apart in April of 1945 with Mussolini being executed by Italian partisans and Hitler taking his own life.

Benito Mussolini was the only foreign leader to send his troops to fight for the despotic Adolf Hitler. He literally followed Hitler to the end with his death on April 28,1945 just two days before Hitler took his own life on April 30.

Mussolini joined forces with Hitler on June 10, 1940 after having sided with France against Germany in 1930 before Hitler had taken power in 1933. He was removed from power on July 25, 1943.

German forces helped Mussolini escape from prison but when he attempted to leave Italy in April of 1945 he was executed by Italian partisans before he could leave the country and died at the age of 61.

The war could have ended sooner if a plot to kill Hitler on July 20, 1944 just about six weeks after the D-Day invasion had been successful but it only angered him as he had 4,900 people killed in revenge for the attempt on his life.

Hitler could see by the end of 1944 that the war was lost but continued the mass executions of Jews and ordered the German infrastructure destroyed so it would be inoperative when the Allied forces took over the country.

Hitler celebrated his 56th birthday on April 20, 1945. Refusing advice to flee to the Bavarian mountains to make another stand he decided he would die in the capital.

On the 27th of April Hitler found out that Heinrich Himmler was trying to work out surrender arrangements with the Western allies and Himmler was to be arrested under Hitler’s orders.

On April 29 Hitler wrote his last will and testament and learned that Mussolini had been executed which probably convinced him to take his own life rather than to be humiliated by being paraded through the streets and face execution.

With the Russian forces only a block or two from the chancery Hitler shot himself and had his body and the body of Eva Braun and other followers were thrown in a crater and doused with gasoline.

So ended twelve years of rule by Adolf Hitler. The man who had planned on conquering the world died a coward who didn’t want to face execution by foreign powers after having ordered the death of millions of Jews during the war.

Author: Andrew Godfrey

Retired from newspaper work after 38 years. Had served in the Army in Hawaii and Vietnam in the 60's. Am now retired and living in Sulphur, Louisiana.

2 thoughts on “Mussolini, Hitler Die Two Days Apart”

  1. I had read somewhere that if the Axis powers had won WWII Germany would have ruled the western half of the world and Japan the eastern half. Makes me wonder if Germany and Japan would ultimately have gone to war with each other to control the whole ball of wax.

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