By Tom Behan
Once information of the fascists' arrival unfold, the neighborhood management
of the Arditi del popolo known as a gathering with squad leaders instantly
away, and gave them directions to instantly construct barricades,
trenches, and barbed twine defences, utilizing any fabric on hand.
At sunrise, whilst the order used to be given to get the weapons out and
launch the riot, working-class humans took to the streets -
as daring because the waters of a river that is bursting its banks ... males,
women, previous humans, youngsters from all events and from no
party in any respect have been all there, united in one iron will - withstand and
In the early hours of day six we have been knowledgeable from trustworthy
sources that the fascist management had made up our minds to release a huge
attack ... At seven the next morning our observers spotted
columns relocating from one aspect at the outskirts to one other in a
confused and disorderly type ... The fascists, who have been by means of this
stage not in army formation, have been roaming approximately in all
directions in an excellent rush- with out command constitution - leaping
onto trains that have been leaving, onto lorries, bicycles, or taking walks.
This wasn't a retreat, however the scattering of huge teams of guys
who clambered aboard any technique of shipping they discovered, or who
ran during the streets, or into the geographical region, as in the event that they have been
frightened of being chased. 1
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The strikers were complete masters of the field. Whoever passed, in a car or cab, was subjected to control as if he were crossing a frontier, with control exercised by vigilance squads of workers and their enthusiastic companions. 28 But despite what the journalist might have thought, women were not just bringing in food. A shop steward and member of the Turin trades council recalled many years later: We used to go to the Fiat Grandi Motori factory to get guns and ammunition, and then take them to the Red Guards in our factory ...
37 The Ordine Nuovo group had another advantage which came about due to a local peculiarity of the still sizeable anarchist movement. On a national level anarchist trade unionists were active within their own USI federation, but as this had never been built in Turin, anarchists were simply part of the normal union structure. For example, a prominent anarchist, Pietro Ferrero, was secretary of the Turin branch of FlOM, the engineering union. 39 Although the distribution of Ordine Nuovo was relatively small, its influence ran far wider.
Individual Socialists were often involved, but the action was not the result of systematic party work. Similarly, the conduct of the dispute did not involve concrete agitation from the Socialist Party at a national level. It was a period when people were 'strike happy'. In Bologna chaplains even threatened to strike, tired of taking masses at pre-war rates. 13 A far more substantial event was a two-day general strike on 20-21 July, in protest against Allied military intervention against Soviet Russia.
The Resistible Rise of Benito Mussolini by Tom Behan