Italian Battleships of World War II

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Italian Battleships of World War II

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Italy's navy, the Regia Marina was the fourth-largest naval force in the world at the outbreak of World War II, and yet is often overlooked and largely discounted as ineffective. In general the fleet was made up of obsolete vessels, lacked radar functionality, and had a reputation for indiscipline and poorly trained crews. The complex and bureaucratic command system imposed on the fleet further hampered its effectiveness. In this book, Mark Stille details why the Italian battleships were able to maintain a solid reputation, examining their impressive designs and the courage and determination of the fleet at Calabria, Sirte, Cape Spartiveto and Cape Matapan, all illustrated with stunning photographs from the Italian Navy's own archives.

Table of Contents

Introduction • Italian naval strategy and the role of the battleship • Italian naval tactics and the role of the battleship • Italian battleship design and development up until the First World War and the impact of the Washington and London Naval Treaties • Italian Battleship weapons • Italian Battleship • The Battleship classes (Cavour Class, Duilio Class, Vittorio Veneto Class) • Italian Battleships at War • Conclusion

Product details

Published 20 Aug 2011
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 48
ISBN 9781849083805
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 44 b/w
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series New Vanguard
Short code NVG 182
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Mark Stille

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Paul Wright

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