1922

28 October

Amid violence, threats and the promise to restore order in a country devastated by years of civil war, the movement of fighting beams (founded by Benito Mussolini in Milan in 1919 in Piazza San Sepolcro), falls into force on Rome.

But what the regime would have celebrated for twenty years as a founding myth of the seizure of power, the culminating act of the “fascist revolution”, is nothing more than a resounding farce. A mix of ruthless violence and thunderous staging, aimed at accelerating the government crisis (with the threat of a coup) to precipitate events. The fascists did not conquer power, which was ceded to them by King Vittorio Emanuele III and a liberal ruling class afraid of socialist revolution, eager to purify the country from all the enemies of the nation: anarchists, socialists, defeatists, saboteurs.