RN Francesco Caracciolo 1919 design

The RN Francesco Caracciolo was to only Italian WWI super dreadnought to be launched on 12 May  1915 at Castellamare di Stabia. The original project called for a 35,000 tons BB, a speed of 28 knots, 12/381 in triples and 20 152 mm in casemates: at any affect, the first fast battleship. The projects were … Continue reading RN Francesco Caracciolo 1919 design

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Ferretti’s 10/381 in quintuples battleship design

Unfortunately there is not so much known about this design. The original drawing comes from"Warships of the first line of battle" in the "Transactions of the International Engineering Congress" acta, 1916, while the second design seems a fantasy adaption of the first in line with the semisubmersible battleship plans by Soliani. Armed with 10/381, 12 … Continue reading Ferretti’s 10/381 in quintuples battleship design

Galata Museo del Mare – Genova

Just a glimpse to the contents of this great naval museum, bot civil and military: models, simulations, preserved ships. https://www.dropbox.com/s/zvsrcixzzdu6rqb/IMG_2162.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/r28zb6sr9jdin0w/IMG_2167.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/1tpniujxxyz11c2/IMG_2168.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/54s1qoh609nojee/IMG_2170.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/7vdeyspsq8w4wv2/IMG_2171.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/qn374xd6rye7ao8/IMG_2186.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/9ulawsyvri5if5j/IMG_2187.jpg?dl=0  

Comandanti medaglie d’oro destroyers 1942-43

This article by Erminio Bagnasco and Mark Grossman is from Warship International #3, 1990. Even is not updated to the latest news, it is one of the best reference for these interesting units. https://www.dropbox.com/s/8mkqpsrzsj93fx9/IMG_20170702_0001.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/rzpju3ft391obw9/IMG_20170702_0002.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/9cf2zw66ms386tw/IMG_20170702_0003.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/uty31pnc4wshxou/IMG_20170702_0004.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/xvedjp9ar4gpd5d/IMG_20170702_0005.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/8cwda4rzkpcomi0/IMG_20170702_0006.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/pn7gkiiyqjutl14/IMG_20170702_0007.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/9acu6nibtq52uvx/IMG_20170702_0008.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/fikb93k9lvahnny/IMG_20170702_0009.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/xyeni90nteby8vc/IMG_20170702_0010.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/15lo4vvg3e7ysli/IMG_20170702_0011.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/sjr7orl4i5fyvg1/IMG_20170702_0012.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/kpmgrfq0dnrz5e3/IMG_20170702_0013.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/5kdacb4zsyn9bcf/IMG_20170702_0014.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/zus1r4tcdatecmy/IMG_20170702_0015.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/pyfj59m1l5ehzz9/IMG_20170702_0016.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/dpiq4i4xx38usgq/IMG_20170702_0017.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/ow4mg0eewu1e0mh/IMG_20170702_0018.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/ma0iqpt322jtgni/IMG_20170702_0019.jpg?dl=0    

The Allied assault on Aquila: Operation Toast

Following the article about the "sinking" of RN Aquila, another point of view: Operation Toast. Warship International, #2, 1990. https://www.dropbox.com/s/1cbhudzaydcmwcs/IMG_20170702_0036.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/bd4az5wxttn565n/IMG_20170702_0037.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/7l1saejxofte47l/IMG_20170702_0038.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/rumu366xsq4fp36/IMG_20170702_0039.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/lioypd2elzlzwto/IMG_20170702_0040.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/cy820f1bc8rk0d5/IMG_20170702_0041.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/32l0n35kbyzj6i6/IMG_20170702_0042.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/n9atjo9cwxekafh/IMG_20170702_0043.jpg?dl=0  

The “sinking” of the CV RN Aquila: a controversial question.

Spoiler: no, she was not sunk as block ship by the Germans, bombed by the Allies, sabotaged by the partisans, sunk by Italian manned chariots. Article from Warship International, 1990, #1 by Achille Rastrelli and Emilio Bagnasco https://www.dropbox.com/s/jponfxg00hi4c2x/IMG_20170701_0001.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/cv4s5e7pj0t8h2t/IMG_20170701_0002.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/ajqpo4zo8f2h1m6/IMG_20170701_0003.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/rp9nqpiwt1kvegp/IMG_20170701_0004.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/00lzbnerp33bnw1/IMG_20170701_0005.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/o82fwa2jqfbkf7s/IMG_20170701_0006.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/66e42kp32mdugis/IMG_20170701_0007.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/kaqguyfsr81oc86/IMG_20170701_0008.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/t67azsqwcmd3ko0/IMG_20170701_0009.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/q1faqutay2bfu86/IMG_20170701_0010.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/kbfhnv77vccqu22/IMG_20170701_0011.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/w8nz6wnzk4v8txv/IMG_20170701_0012.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/shekdu227mahnwf/IMG_20170701_0013.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/5nj49qbvzlwm84z/IMG_20170701_0014.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/y898pcjpnebh3mw/IMG_20170701_0015.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/ai6a9l8j2fvee4q/IMG_20170701_0016.jpg?dl=0  

Ansaldo’s “cannonissimo”

https://www.dropbox.com/s/50cz1obh7se8m1v/IMG_20170615_0001.png?dl=0 Genoa Gulf defended with long range guns. During the First World War, Germany had surprised the Allies with the 3 "Die Grosse Bertha", 210/90 guns with a 100 km range, plus another 240 mm piece. The pieces were originally 380/45, properly recalibrated. In 1917, Ansaldo began making proposals for the defense of the Gulf … Continue reading Ansaldo’s “cannonissimo”

Battlefleets and diplomacy

Naval disarmament between the two world wars. This article by Arthur Davidson Baker III is from Warship International, N° 3, 1989. https://www.dropbox.com/s/i74938f9yrffy4a/IMG_20170522_0001.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/g6u2c9jz1ktew7o/IMG_20170522_0002.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/3e31om78z1oh2u5/IMG_20170522_0003.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/ztq3t4499rahrre/IMG_20170522_0004.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/d0c04dilnov7bwv/IMG_20170522_0005.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/nzng5m0i390bvwn/IMG_20170522_0006.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/dd5d5s872x7m89c/IMG_20170522_0007.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/977pnxa6wotjhxx/IMG_20170522_0008.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/vbe0yyvn1mv0jyk/IMG_20170522_0009.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/rmxuubb27hmxlje/IMG_20170522_0010.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/1cnm0xyjb8yj736/IMG_20170522_0011.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/kbidpwnoxcuezr6/IMG_20170522_0012.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/msslmzvssf88vls/IMG_20170522_0013.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/rqt76eoylf5b0pl/IMG_20170522_0014.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/j2lwxrd1rggzqet/IMG_20170522_0015.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/1o3zt04k9zpcnf4/IMG_20170522_0016.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/qeweldb966ymzr6/IMG_20170522_0017.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/7yshbn59wocn1nf/IMG_20170522_0018.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/9o9s9kbwd92cd50/IMG_20170522_0019.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/xbxf05whs1skvfp/IMG_20170522_0020.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/x8w2x71z3tptit5/IMG_20170522_0021.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/4nf7te2ei91cla7/IMG_20170522_0022.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/hku1rmhvmd31sic/IMG_20170522_0023.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/e7z0hd28i92jkqn/IMG_20170522_0024.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/uitmd8vg57aowq5/IMG_20170522_0025.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/zs71cu5n46asrum/IMG_20170522_0026.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/bvieyzg3n7pdyml/IMG_20170522_0027.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/glul35d6hlx04uw/IMG_20170522_0028.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/szgtn11upucump4/IMG_20170522_0029.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/so1nxlzfwqt05xy/IMG_20170522_0030.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/j10wq5mmbpe5fvk/IMG_20170522_0031.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/f6tk0jea5qxg14i/IMG_20170522_0032.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/06achy0lwbnbecw/IMG_20170522_0033.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/68jwxotflkgca3h/IMG_20170522_0034.jpg?dl=0Continue reading Battlefleets and diplomacy

Regia Marina’s naval coastal guns in WWII

This article is from Warship International,  N°2, 1989.   https://www.dropbox.com/s/uxsl77yzbltz9wp/1_20170515_0001.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/hmzdj6j32rs3gyr/1_20170515_0002.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/2cxnutz6bujncca/1_20170515_0003.jpg?dl=0

Regia Marina 1926 Elia-Rota “assault” Cruiser

In the 1925/26 General (NC) Rota and Commander Elia (expert of underwater weapons) designed an unit of 8700 tons, armed with 6 190mm, 6 102mm, 4 AA, 200 depth mines, 40 MAS and 100 torpedoes. The unit had a flight deck to allow airplane's takeoff, but not landing. No lateral or anti torpedo protection Two design variant were developed: I … Continue reading Regia Marina 1926 Elia-Rota “assault” Cruiser