Drafting Il Duce

Mark Bryant profiles the brilliant wartime cartoonist who chronicled the actions of Italy’s Fascist leader.

Cartoon by Leslie Illingworth in the Daily Mail, January 1941.The year 2009 marked three notable anniversaries in the life of Benito Mussolini. In 1919 he founded the Fasci di Combattimento – the original Fascist movement. Twenty years later, as Italy’s leader (Il Duce), he annexed Albania (his first major European conquest) and signed the Pact of Steel with Hitler’s Germany.

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