[Mussolini's Fascist State Express]

Wednesday, July 28, 1943

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

Dramatic telling of the Italian involvement in World War II using a train metaphor.

Begins with introduction about Mussolini's "train" going through Ethiopia, Spain, etc., and that Mussolini enjoyed bombing places because it made beautiful geometric patterns. Dramatic recreation of a conversation between an Italian and a German, in Spain 1936-38, discussing the two countries fighting together in the future. The Italian asks the German if he ever gets tired of the way things are, like dropping bombs on blindfolded sheep. The German calls it an "experiment for the future." "Someday when Germans and Italians go forth, shoulder to shoulder, to conquer the world, we shall see how valuable it was, this little rehearsal in Spain." The Italian says, after the German leaves, "we will pick our own partners if we decide to conquer the world. And they will not come from Germany. We never could get on with the Germans."
September 1939: Hitler declares war, Italy does the same.
Italians on the battlefield: one stepped on a landmine laid by the Germans as they withdrew so the Italians could not follow. They surrender to an American soldier, who tells them that Mussolini was thrown out.

Matthew Gordon, Chief of the Foreign Service Division of the Office of War Information, gives a weekly report on current war activities: As the President said last night, Mussolini will be held responsible for his misdeeds, corruption of fascist regime. Italians are eager to get out of the war. Eisenhower addressed the Italians, told them not to fight with the Germans. Rome is trying to tell the world that fascism has been eliminated there. The Japanese fascists made new appointments to strengthen the party. Nazis and Japanese are far from done. From other news sources. A story out of Germany.

Program credits.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 71397
Municipal archives id: LT4031


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This Office of War Information-produced radio docudrama series (1942-1943) describes the activities of the Axis powers.


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