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Sollozzo Intrigue
Sollozzo Intrigue
Date: December 18, 1945-June 6, 1946
Place: New York City and New Jersey
Outcome: Corleone victory
Major Battles: Death of Nathan Healy
Death of Stefano Gambaro
Death of Benjamin O'Brien
Battle of Emillio's
Death of Luca Brasi
Death of Killer of Luca Brasi
Battle of Farmers Market
First Assassination Attempt on Vito Corleone
Rescue of Tom Hagen
Death of Mikey Saleri
Death of Donnie Marinelli
Battle of Midnight Rosie's (1st)
Battle of The Full Moon
Battle of Valentino's
Battle of St. Sebastian Hotel
Battle of Michelangelo Salera
Battle of Global Trading Co.
Battle of Sammy's
Battle of Bella Siciliana
Battle of Saint Martin Hotel
Death of Tony Bianchi
Death of Johnny Tattaglia
Battle of Palladio Willow
Battle of Sollozzo's Warehouse
Battle of Hotel Providence
Battle of Verona Warehouse
Battle of Chinaware Warehouse
Bombing of Calabrese Warehouse
Bombing of Tylers Warehouse
Bombing of Romero Warehouse
Bombing of Newport Warehouse
Bombing of Perroni Warehouse
Death of Police Sergant Joe Galtosino
Louis Restaurant shooting
Death of Virgil Sollozo
Death of Police Captain Mark McCluskey
Combatants

Corleone crime family

Tattaglia Tattaglia crime family
NYPD
Bowery Gang

Commanders

Corleone Vito Corleone
Corleone Tom Hagen
Corleone Sonny Corleone
Corleone Peter Clemenza
Corleone Salvatore Tessio
Corleone Jaggy Jovino
Corleone Aldo Trapani
Corleone Michael Corleone
Corleone Luca Brasi

Tattaglia Philip Tattaglia
Tattaglia Virgil Sollozzo
Tattaglia Bruno Tattaglia
Tattaglia Johnny Tattaglia
Tattaglia Freddie Nobile
Tattaglia Tony Bianchi
Tattaglia Donnie Marinelli
Tattaglia Mikey Saleri
Mark McCluskey
Joe Galtosino†
TattagliaKiller of Luca Brasi†
Nathan Healy†
Stefano Gambaro†
Benjamin O'Brien†

The Sollozzo Intrigue was a mob war between the Corleone crime family and the Tattaglia crime family from 1945 to 1946, caused by the two attempts on Don Vito Corleone's life by the Tattaglias, whose client Virgil Sollozzo was conspiring to force the Corleones into the narcotics trade, thus scaring off their friendly politicians and police chiefs.

Background Edit

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Five Families territories in New York City, 1945.

Both the Corleones and the Tattaglias were a part of New York's "Five Families", which also included the Barzinis, Cuneos, and the Straccis. The Corleones and the other families fought one another in several mob wars to take over New York City, leading to thousands of mobster and civilian homicides. The Tattaglia family under Underboss Bruno Tattaglia expanded into Little Italy in the Little Italy War of 1945, which caused the Corleones to be without a home for a while. The Corleone family preferred to operate from safehouses, rather than compounds, as they were harder to detect. They rose back in 1945, taking advantage of the decline of the Tattaglia family. In December 1945, the Tattaglia family began to do business with Virgil Sollozzo, a narcotics dealer who had poppy fields in Turkey and had served one jail sentence in Sicily and one in the USA. Sollozzo began to increase the flow of the drug trade, leading to the enrichment of the Five Families, but not the Corleones; it was a little dangerous to be trading drugs, as the politicians that were in Corleone's pocket would not stay friendly if the Corleones began using narcotics. This would be anticipated by Sollozzo, who wanted the Corleones to share their politicians and corrupt officials with the other families; the Tattaglias in his case. If the Corleones would not collapse to the narcotics trade, they would have to go down by force.
Virgil Sollozzo game

Virgil Sollozzo

War Edit

First Actions Edit

After a meeting with Sollozzo, in which he refused to take the 30% of the drug trade income, Vito Corleone sent his enforcer Luca Brasi and outsider Aldo Trapani to infiltrate the Tattaglia family. At The Luna Bar, on December 18, Brasi was garroted to death by Adriano Maserati, a Tattagia hitman, while meeting with Bruno Tattaglia and Sollozzo, who had anticipated that he would kill them. But Trapani, glaring through the window to keep watch, shot Maserati dead with a .38 Snub Nose revolver after killing several other Tattaglia buttonmen. Brasi's death began a mob war that resulted in hundreds of Tattaglia and Corleone deaths.

The war against the Tattaglias was the regular mob war: the Tattaglias sent out their men in a drive-by shooting, torched Corleone businesses, targeted every Corleone out on the streets, and turned their life into a living hell. Killings occured everywhere, and Don Corleone was gunned down in the farmer's market in front of his office at Mott Street. He was sent to the hospital, leaving family affairs in the hands of his Underboss and son, Sonny Corleone.

Devastation of the Contraband Edit

Sonny conducted a war of attrition, taking over Tattaglia businesses one by one. He put hits out on Tattaglia made men, including soldato Mikey Saleri, caporegime Donnie Marinelli, and caporegime Tony Bianchi. Their deaths increased the vendetta level of the Tattaglia family, who responded by kidnapping their consigliere Tom Hagen on December 20. The next day, Corleone caporegime Peter Clemenza, soldato Rocco Lampone, and now-enforcer Aldo Trapani snuck into the warehouse on the Brooklyn waterfront where he was being held and rescued him, bringing him back to the Corleone Compound in Little Italy's Washington Street.

Hagen's return was fortunate for Aldo Trapani and the Don's son Michael Corleone, who were nearly arrested after defending Don Corleone from a few Tattaglia goons sent to kill him at the hospital in which he was staying. This was the second failed attempt on Corleone's life, and he would return only after the end of the war.

Corleone associate George "Jaggy" Jovino and caporegime Salvatore Tessio began a campaign to decapitate the Tattaglias, aiming at their transportation and distribution rackets. They sent Aldo Trapani to attack and seize the Verona Warehouse, the Tattaglia racket that decided who would control Little Italy. Trapani killed all 30 Tattaglia buttonmen there, aided by a hit squad of four Corleone buttonmen. He forced the owner, Luigi "Squeegie" McNeese, to give the Corleones the money gained from the racket trucks that departed there. Later, he took down the Chinaware Warehouse.

Peter Clemenza devised a plan to effectively destroy the Tattaglia war machine, hoping to destroy the roots of its criminal income. Aldo Trapani hijacked a Tattaglia racket truck and drove it to Corcoran's Perch in Little Italy, where Clemenza and six Corleone buttonmen climbed in. Trapani drove the truck to Sollozzo's Warehouse in Midtown, using a "Trojan Horse" strategy. Then, they exited the truck and stormed the warehouse, planting bombs in each building. This destroyed Sollozzo's supplies and stashes of narcotics, devastating the Tattaglia family's part in the drug trade.

Even after the raid on his warehouse, Peter Clemenza ordered the Corleone buttonmen to bomb Sollozzo's drug fronts across New York and northeastern New Jersey. The drugs were stored in the basements of abandoned buildings and warehouses, guarded by ten to fifteen Tattaglia buttonmen. The Corleones put time bombs in the cellars and bugged out before the buildings and stashes exploded in a ball of flames. Sollozzo was left without a source of money, and was forced to seek peace terms sooner or later.

End of the War Edit

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Sollozzo dead on the floor of Louis Restaurant.

Sollozzo and his NYPD bodyguard Captain Mark McCluskey arranged a meeting with Michael Corleone at the Louis Restaurant; Michael was considered a civilian in the conflict, as he did not want anything to do with the family business. But after McCluskey beat him outside of the hospital during his imminent arrest, and Sollozzo made two attempts to kill his father, he wanted revenge. Clemenza planted a modified .38 Snub Nose revolver behind the box-and-chain toilets in the restaurant's bathrooms, where Corleone would go as a part of the plan to kill Sollozzo. Trapani placed it there, and observed the shooting of Sollozzo and McCluskey by Corleone after Corleone returned from the bathroom with a gun. The death of Sollozzo caused the beginning of the Five Families War, as the drug trade which had made the Five Families flourish had crashed to an abrupt halt.

Aftermath Edit

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The Five Families War's violence was high; many people were beaten to death during the conflict.

The result of the mob war was more violence, as the Barzinis, Cuneos, Straccis, and the Tattaglias wanted revenge. The Five Families vigorously pursued the Corleones, who headed straight to the mattresses. Michael Corleone fled to Sicily on a cargo ship, remaining there until 1951, when the main violence of the war had died down. He returned after Sonny Corleone was killed at the Little Italy Toll Booth by the Barzinis and Tattaglias, in revenge for the deaths of Sollozzo and Bruno Tattaglia, killed in 1950. Vito Corleone would later return to being the don in 1947 after he was discharged from the hospital.

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