Italian Naval Forces at the
Battle of Cape Matapan 27th-29th March 1941



Italian Naval Ensign.

The Chapters

1.   Introduction
2.   Scrap Iron or "Scrap' Iron
3.   Enter Italy
4.   Calabria
5.   Odd Jobs
6.   Greece - Novembers New War
7.   Greece - Rising Tempo
8.   Greece - Battle Of Matapan
9.   Greece - The Evacution
10. Crete - A Losing Battle
11. Libya - Adavance Across The Desert
12. Libya - A Fighting Retreat
13. Libya - The "Tobruk Ferry Service"
14. Libya - And Then There Were Four
15. War In The East
16. Stuart At Matapan - Eyewitness Account
17. Italian Navy At Battle Of Matapan
18. Crew List (Stuart)
19. Crew List (Vampire)
20. Crew Lists - Voyager, Vendetta, Waterhen



Italian Battle Ship at Sea

 


Battleships

Vittorio Veneto - 35,000 tons, 30.5 knots, nine 15-inch, twelve 6-inch guns.
Flagship of Commander-inChief, Admiral A. Lachino.

Cruisers

3rd Division

Trieste - 10,500 tons, 35 knots, eight 8-inch, twelve 3.9-in AA, eight 37mm AA guns, eight 21-inch Torpedo Tubes. Flagship of Vice-Admiral L.Sansonetti. as above
Tronto - 10,500 tons, as above
Bolzano - 10,500 tons, as above

1st Division

Zara - 11,500 tons, 32 knots, eight 8-inch, twelve 3.9-inch AA, eight 37mm AA guns.
Flagship of Vice-Admiral C.Cattaneo.


Italian Cruiser 'ZARA'


Fiume Firing 8" Guns

SUNK. Badly damaged by gunfire from the British battleships HMS Warspite, Valiant and Barham. Sunk later by RN Destroyer.


Fiume - 11,500 tons, performance and armament generally as Zara. Captain G.Giogis.

SUNK. Hit by gunfire from the British battleships, sank in around 30 minutes.


Pola - 11,500 tons, performance and armament generally as Zara. Captain M.de Pisa.

SUNK. Brought to a stop early in the battle by a torpedo hit from an aircraft from HMS Formidable. Sunk by gunfire later from HMS Jervis and Nubian.

8th Division

Abruzzi - 7,874 tons, 35 knots, ten 6-inch guns. Flagship of Vice-Admiral A.Legnani.
Garibaldi - 7,874 tons, 35 knots, ten 6-inch guns.


Italian Submarine - Torelli

Destroyers

6th Destroyer Flotilla

De Recco - 1,628 tons, 39 knots, six 4.7-inch guns.
Passagno - 1,628 tons, 39 knots, six 4.7-inch guns.


9th Destroyer Flotilla

Vincenzo Gioberti - 1,568 tons, 39 knots, four 4.7-inch guns.
Vittorio Alfieri - 1,568 tons, 39 knots, four 4.7-inch guns. SUNK*
Oriani - 1,568 tons, 39 knots, four 4.7-inch guns.
Giosue Carducci - 1,568 tons, 39 knots, four 4.7-inch guns. SUNK*

*By gunfire from HMAS Stuart, HMS Greyhound and HMS Havock.


Vittorio Veneto At Anchor

10th Destroyer Flotilla

Maestrale - 1,640 tons, 32 knots, four 4.7-inch guns, six 21-inch torpedo tubes.
Libeccio - 1,640 tons, performance and armament generally as Maestrale.
Scirocco - 1,640 tons, as above
Gragale - 1,640 tons, as above

12th Destroyer Flotilla

Corazziere - 1,710 tons, 32 knots, five 4.7-inch guns.
Carabiniere - 1,710 tons, 32 knots, five 4.7-inch guns.
Ascari - 1,710 tons, 32 knots, five 4.7-inch guns.

13th Destroyer Flotilla

Granatiere - 1,620 tons, 39 knots, five 4.7-inch guns.
Fuciliere - 1,620 tons, 39 knots, five 4.7-inch guns.
Bersagliere - 1,620 tons, 39 knots, five 4.7-inch guns.
Alpino - 1,620 tons, 39 knots, five 4.7-inch guns.

 

 



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