Mussolini and Ciano (last two uniforms at right) with Chamberlain, Daladier and HItler at the 1938 Munich Conference. (Wikimedia Commons)
Is Wikipedia right that Churchill admired Italian dictator Benito Mussolini for having the “good sense to shoot his son-in-law”?
It’s a great crack, but it is not verified.
Churchill had called Mussolini every name in his book: ”whipped jackal”…”organ grinder’s monkey”…”absurd imposter.” In 1944, after Mussolini executed his son-in-law, former Italian foreign minister Count Galeazzo Ciano, Churchill said in a broadcast:
…the successful campaign in Sicily brought about the fall of Mussolini and the heartfelt repudiation by the Italian people of the Fascist creed.…
Great website! I am a psychologist writing a book manuscript on the biological basis of self-confidence. I am an admirer of Churchill, I would like to use a quote from The Gathering Storm movie to demonstrate Churchill’s tremendous confidence. Can you help me find the film comment, to Ralph Wigram? In conversation with a schoolmate [Murland Evans] he says he had a strange feeling. One day, he said, Britain would be in great danger, and it will fall to him to save London. —B.J.S.
Thanks for the kind words. Privately the Churchill of early World War II was not so confident as his speeches proclaimed.…