Images from the Footprint of Mussolini

So, the whole Footprint of Mussolini thing is "what if Benito was sort of a good guy"?

I have to say I find that improbable, even if the FoM originator seems to belong in the "Magnificent Bastard" file.
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This story is pretty much a contrast between good and evil. Mussolini's actions saved the lives of over a million Jews, stood up against Nazism and Communism and brought Italy to greatness. But the same time he erradicated the Slovenian people, he was a totalitarian dictator, destroyed the Arab World and brought immense suffering to the Ethiopians.
 

Italian actor Giuseppe Cocchi playing the role of Captain Alfonso Crivelli in the mid 2000’s Italian TV series, “Attraverso le generazioni” (Through the Generations).​

The series had three seasons with thirty episodes per season with each season telling the tale of one the generations of the fictional Crivelli family, a family of loyal fascists who dutifully serve their motherland through the trials of war. The first of the generation, Captain Alfonso Venusto Crivelli, fights in the Balkan War, the Second World War, and the Chinese War. He is a tough no nonsense officer and advent supporter of the Jewish people.


Alfonso with an officer of the defeated Wehrmacht forces in Salzburg, Austria during the Italian seizure of the city.​

The second generation, that of Giovanni Crivelli (Alfonso’s son, who was ten years old when his father went off to fight in the Balkans) chronicles Giovanni’s role as a military advisor/trainer to the Israeli army during the Second Arabian War culminating in his decision to join in combat the young Israeli men and women whose training he was in charge of when news of the Yom Kippur Rocket Attacks reaches his barracks.

The third generation details the military service of Alfonso’s grandson, Marco, who fights in Italy’s ill-fated colonial war in Ethiopia. Marco sees the horrors of the war and even participates in atrocities against Ethiopian natives. The series ends a couple of days after the thermonuclear strike on Addis Ababa as Marco reflects on the things he’s seen and done. He finds he can’t go on living with the guilt and so after bidding his comrades farewell, giving his best friend a letter for his sweetheart back home in Naples, Marco walks off the side of a dirt road and shoots himself in the head.


Lorenzo Stefano Bianchi, the actor who played Marco Crivelli.​
 
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Elie Wiesel lived his youth years in Romania and Hungary. Hungarian dictator Miklós Horthy didn't want give Jews to Nazis so he sent them to Italian border. Already on same year Wiesel participated to Battle of Trieste and later joined to Anglo-Jewish Army. He participated to liberation of Auschwitz and personally killed commander of the camp, Rudolf Hoess.

After the war Wiesel moved with his family to Israel and he fought on First Arabian War. Later Wiesel served on Herut Party. On 1957 general election Wiesel was elected to Knesset. Wiesel was one of most notable persons on moderate wing of Herut. He managed rise as leader of the party and moderated that greatly. In 1988 him became 4th prime minister of Israel. He served as PM until 1995.

In 1990 Wiesel published his memoirs about his WW2 experiences, "Day". After his premiership Wiesel retired from day politics and focused on telling about Holocaust and he travelled around the world telling his experience and defending existence of Jewish state. He too talked about rights of persecuted peoples.
 


Yitzhak Rabin served on Israeli army on both Arab Wars. Later he became active on Israeli politics and joined to Mapai Party. He was elected to Knesset on 1961. Rabin served as minister of defense on Frank's government on years 1974 - 1988. He succeeded Frank as leader of Mapai and became prime minister on 1995. During Rabin's premiership Israel developed better relationships with South Egypt and some other countries of Middle East. He anyway effectively supported strong army and managed protect the state from attacks by Arab nationalists and Islamist movements. But during his premiership Israel too decreased its operations in Syria and became more critical over politics of Turkey. Rabin resigned from the office in 2001 due health reasons. He died from lung cancer in 2004.
 
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The Kra Canal in Thailand. Built with the same nuclear method as the Balbo Canal, it has become one of the most important arteries of communication in the world and an important source of income for Thailand (the second after the tourism industry). The Canal shortens the alternative route through the Strait of Malacca by about 1,200 kilometers.

The Canal had a negative side effect on the British city of Singapore, which reduced its geostrategic importance, forcing it to reshape its economy to financial services and the generation of start-ups.
 

Members of the Muslim Brotherhood’s paramilitary wing/guerrilla army, غضب الإسلام (ghadab al'islam) or “Wrath of Islam” scouting for South Egyptian government troops somewhere in the countryside or a bus full of tourists to attack, circa 1962.​
 
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The Aaron Canal a segment of the Nile diverted to reach the Suez Canal and fulfill the Biblical prophecy of the Greater Israel between the Nile and the Euphrates.
 
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Former Casa del Fascio in Como. Situated at the number 4 of Piazza Impero, the building was planned by Giuseppe Terragni, started in 1933 and ended in 1936, when it was inagurated as the local organizing centre of the PNF. When the Fall of Fascism happened and the final results of the 1980 elections came out, the PNF found itself in deep monetary debt, and thus sold off Como's Casa del Fascio at a (relative) pittance to a small-time millionaire, Gerardo Francesconi. Sitting abandoned for several years, in 1996 Gerardo's son, Vittorio Emanuele, decided to create a Museum of Italian Popular Culture, in which relics and oddities from the past were displayed, such as the wrapper for Caramelle Leone created for the 100th anniversary of Italian unification or the ads for the first Italian-designed television, and its collection is ever-expanding.
 


Japanese tanks in Hokkaido during Japanese Re-unification War where Japan conquered Socialist People's Republic of Ezo.
 

Fanart of Mademoiselle Dixie (Miss Dixie, Lil’ Dix, or just Dixie in the English dub) a character from the classic French dessin animé (cartoon) “Autour du globe“ or “Around the Globe”.​

Autour du globe was a cartoon series that aired in France in 2004 and ended in 2008 though it aired in other countries such as the USA, Britain, and Italy at differing times. It featured personifications of nations such as America (and his little sister Dixie), Britain, Italy, France, Russia, as well as host of others. It usually a was comedy but did have heavy dramatic or dark moments such as when discussing the American Troubles with Dixie having horrible nightmares of Klansmen and Black Fascists, bombings, and shootings. other dark moments included Russia’s horrible abuse of Poland. Though there were also sweet moments like Dixie meeting her Uncle Howard who she loves dearly.
 
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Benito’s more of a Noble Demon than a Good Guy. His extermination of Slovnene culture, his naked imperialism in the Middle East, and his initial reluctance to enter the Second World War are not exactly “Good Guy” traits.
If we're using TV Tropes here then he would be either A Lighter Shade of Black (which is what Footprint of Mussolini's tropes page calls him as such) or a Nominal Hero (he's disgusted by Nazism/National Socialism and Anti-Semitism but he does some terrible stuff to Slovenia and the Middle East).
 
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The Martyrs Square in Beirut. Considered as the heart of the city it’s a popular place for meeting, protests, political rallies and celebrations.
 
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Advertisement for the 2017 reboot of the popular comedy series “Mystery Science Theatre 3000”. The show revolves around old, often poorly-made or poorly-aged films, many of them Science Fiction, being riffed by Crow T Robot, Tom Servo, and a Human host aboard the “Satellite of Love” a spaceship controlled by mad scientists who seek to study the effects of terrible movies on random people. Created by Joel Hodgson in 1988, the show was rebooted in 2017 after it’s 1999 cancellation by the online streaming service Netflix . The 11th season would feature the North Chinese film “The People’s Mulan”, directed, written by, and starring Jiang Quing. Considered by fans to be the best episode of the season, “The Peoples Mulan” proved to be the moment that proved that the new host, Jonah Heston was as much an equal to the previous hosts Mike Nelson and Joel Hodgson.
 
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The Agusta A69 Mietitrice attack helicopter, circa 1970 (nicknamed “Reaper” by the ITO, which oddly enough is the English translation of mietitrice).​

Developed by Italian helicopter manufacturer Agusta in 1960 as an answer to the American Rattleback attack helicopter during the then-emerging Cool War, this large and ferocious helicopter gunship saw much action in Ethiopia. The Ethiopians called it “በራሪ ዲያቢሎስ/berarī dīyabīlosi” or the “Flying Devil”.
 


Miklós Horthy is slightly controversial character in Hungarian history. In other hand he is praised on his anti-Communist activities, helping Hungary recover from WW1, re-gaining some ground which Hungary lost on humiliating Treaty of Trianon and saved Hungarian Jews. But he was too critised over limited freedoms in Hungary, alliance with Nazis and anti-semitic legistature altough nothing such level as what in Nazi Germany was.

During Horthy's two decades lasted reign Hungary saw recovery from WW1 altough it too became pretty authotarian. Personally Horthy was closer of Mussolini's Italy but due Soviet Union being neighbor of Hungary and serious threat to the country Hungary gravitated to Hitler's sphere. At end of 1930's Horthy enacted several anti-semitic laws. But he was very relucant hand them to Germans. During WW2 Hungary participated to Barbarossa becoming officially Axis power. Before that Hungary had already regained Banat region from Yugoslavia with support of Italy and Bulgaria.

In 1943, soon after defeat on Stalingrad, Hitler begun pressure Horthy hand Jews to SS. He anyway didn't accept such demands. Finally on November 1943 Horthy decided expel about 800,000 Hungarian Jews to Italy. Horthy's "traitorous" action enragered Hitler and he ordered Waffen-SS invade and occupy Hungary on November 25th. Horthy was arrested and killed. But at least Hungarian Jews were saved from hands of nazis. Several years later Horthy was recognised as righteous among people by Yad Vashem.
 
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Promotional poster for the 1998 animated film “The Prince of Egypt”. Retelling the story of Exodus, the movie would recieve oscars for Best Animated Picture and Best Original Song. The movie would be especially praised for the depiction of the Plagues of Egypt, which would haunt the nightmares for many children and more than a few adults. The animators admitted to drawing heavy inspiration from the Second Arab War and the 1956 atomic bombing of Cairo.
 


Franz, duke of Bavaria and current claimant to Bavarian throne. He has been strong supporter of restoration of German sub-monarchies which were abolished in 1918 but these weren't restored when German monarchy was restored in 1949. Franz has made many petitions to Bavarian landtag for restoration of Bavarian kingdom. He is very popular in Bavaria and among German monarchists.
 

General Tojo Hideki on trial for war crimes against the Allied Powers including but not limited to the biochemical attack on Allied troops towards the end of the war.
Many wartime Japanese military and civilian officials would be put on trial and Emperor Hirohito would be forced to abdicate the Chrysanthemum Throne to his son Akihito under Allied pressure.
 
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