Facsi di Combattimento founded 1919. ”voluntary militia for national s ecurity”
Fascists had been contesting elections
1921 Mussolini and some colleagues elected to Parliament
1922 fascist strength grew.
Popular Party organised national strike against fasicts. it failed.
Fighting in northern Italy. Fascists had broken strike at Alfa Romeo. They seized many key installations in the Po Valley.
Facta had decent relationship with d’Anunzio. getting him or organise a victry parade for 4 November.
Luigi Facta was PM . Liberal.
Some of royal family pro fascist
establishment figures felt they could control Mussolini.
Fear of commies.
Mussolini told rally in Naples that Fasicts planned to seize control. 24 october 1922
PM asked for martial law. King refused.
Mussolini invited to be PM. he arrived in Rome by train. supporters came later. March IN Rome.
This ended 29 October 1922. only 30 000 marched in rome.