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Battleships - Italy: books - history and technology

A book on Italian battleships? Find here our books on the history, types and technology of the battleships of the Regia Marina.

Italian Battleships - Conte di Cavour and Duilio Classes 1911-1956

Originally comprising five ships in two related classes, these ships entered service at the beginning of the Great War. As designed, they were powerful examples of the second generation of dreadnoughts, with a combination of twin and triple turrets producing a unique main armament of thirteen 12-inch guns.
One ship, Leonardo da Vinci, was sunk by an internal explosion at Taranto in 1916, and although the hull was raised post-war, the plan to rebuild the ship was abandoned as it was not deemed cost-effective.

However, the remaining four ships were to undergo one of the most radical reconstructions of any battleship class during the 1930s, emerging with an entirely new profile, more powerful machinery and all the characteristics of a modern fast battleship. In this form they became an important element in the Italian fleet that opposed the British after 1940.

This book covers all the technical details of the ships, both as built and as rebuilt, but also provides an extended history of their active service, including battle plans and track charts.
Thoroughly illustrated with photographs, ship and armament plans, detail drawings and colour camouflage schemes, the book is a fitting companion to The Littorio Class.

Author:Erminio Bagnasco, Augusto De Toro
Specs:272 pages, 30.5 x 25.5 x 2.5 cm / 12 x 10 x 0.98 in, hardback
Illustrations:numerous photographs and drawings
Publisher:Seaforth Publishing (GB, 2021)
Book: Italian Battleships - Conte di Cavour and Duilio Classes 1911-1956

Italian Battleships - Conte di Cavour and Duilio Classes 1911-1956

Language: English

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Italian Battleships of World War II (Osprey)

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.

Author:Mark Stille
Specs:48 pages, 25 x 19.5 x 0.4 cm / 9.8 x 7.7 x 0.16 in, paperback
Illustrations:photographs and drawings (in b&w and colour)
Publisher:Osprey Publishing (GB, 2011)
Series:New Vanguard (182)
Book: Italian Battleships of World War II (Osprey)

Italian Battleships of World War II

Language: English

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British Battleship vs Italian Battleship : The Mediterranean 1940-41 (Osprey)

During World War II's battle for control of the Mediterranean, both the British and Italian navies planned to bring their battle fleets into play. At the centre of both of these fleets was a core of battleships which both sides expected to play a decisive role in the conflict.
On 9 July 1940, the two navies met in the central Mediterranean, as two Italian battleships faced off against three of their British counterparts.

Christened the Battle of Calabria, the action allowed the ships to play to their strengths, engaging in a long-range gunnery duel, the very thing they had been designed for. Though both sides shot well, the only hit was scored by Warspite on the Italian battleship Giulio Cesare.
The Italians were forced to withdraw, and the action ended up being indecisive, but it was the largest fleet action fought in the Mediterranean during the war.
As well as this battle, there were other occasions during the war when both British and Italian battleships were present and influential, but during which they never engaged each other directly - the Battle of Spartivento on 27 November 1940, and the Battle of Cape Matapan on 28-29 March 1941.

Packed with full-colour artwork, carefully selected archive photographs and expert analysis, this title explores in detail the role played by British and Italian battleships in these encounters, and their influence in the Mediterranean theatre of World War II.

Author:Mark Stille
Specs:80 pages, 25 x 18.5 x 0.6 cm / 9.8 x 7.3 x 0.24 in, paperback
Illustrations:numerous b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Osprey Publishing (GB, 2020)
Series:Duel
Book: British Battleship vs Italian Battleship : The Mediterranean 1940-41 (Osprey)

British Battleship vs Italian Battleship : The Mediterranean 1940-41

Language: English

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Italian Heavy Cruisers - From Trento to Bolzano

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