May 22 1939 – Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini Sign the Pact of Steel

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May 22 1939 – Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini Sign the Pact of Steel5 (100%) 1 vote On May 22, 1939, Benito Mussolini and Adolf Hitler signed the military and political alliance, on behalf of Italy and Germany, popularly called the Pact of Steel (Stahlpakt in German and Patto d’Acciaio in Italian). The term ‘Pact of Steel’ was Mussolini’s creation. The two had first considered ‘Pact of Blood’ to describe this historic agreement. The Duce, however, thought that this might not be well received back home. He also coined term Axis powers to the two parties signing the Pact of Steel. The Axis powers would ultimately come to include Japan […]