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4.0 out of 5 stars Italian Battleships
Anything covering the armed forces of Italy written in English is always worth a look,this Osprey book written by Mr Stille is a very good overview of Italys Battleships and naval struggle during world war two,there is a lot packed into the limited number of pages.I have never given much credit to some of the rubbish that has been written about the Italians and their...
Published on 23 May 2012 by David McIntyre

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2.0 out of 5 stars Could have been much better
The author rather over eggs the Italian battleships performance in the war.

In fact many of his conclusions are perverse.

The verdict of an Italian victory for the second battle of Sirte is incorrect as the supplies that did get through kept Malta in the fight. At that period of the war high losses were expected and occured because of the Axis air...
Published on 24 Dec. 2012 by Mr S Coles


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2.0 out of 5 stars Could have been much better, 24 Dec. 2012
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The author rather over eggs the Italian battleships performance in the war.

In fact many of his conclusions are perverse.

The verdict of an Italian victory for the second battle of Sirte is incorrect as the supplies that did get through kept Malta in the fight. At that period of the war high losses were expected and occured because of the Axis air and naval superiority around the central Mediterranean.
The Allied losses could have been higher, with all the supply vessels sunk at sea, if there had been more positive action from the Italian capital ships.

To state that Taranto was not a decisive victory is incorrect.
Just because some vessels were salvaged and came back to fight again ignores the passing of Naval supremacy to the British at a key time, ignores the huge resource attached to salvage and refit and the huge resource given to harbour protection etc

Given the known short barrel life of their large caliber guns and their general fire control problems why did the Italian ships nearly always open fire from such huge ranges eg between 29 and 35,000 yards?
The chances of a hit were infintisible. That requires explanation not ignoring.

Whilst the Italian lighter forces served with distinction, such as anti submarine, minelaying, minesweeping, convoying etc the capital ships were far more concerned with their survival, having adopted an almost zero risk strategy.

I was also disappointed with the single plate colour pages, that for all intents and purposes, showed the same or similar vessel in different camouflage paint.
It would have been more informative to have show before and after reconstruction shots of the substantially changed 'Cavour' and 'Duilo' classes.

All in all a bit of a let down.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Italian Battleships, 23 May 2012
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David McIntyre (Durham UK) - See all my reviews
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Anything covering the armed forces of Italy written in English is always worth a look,this Osprey book written by Mr Stille is a very good overview of Italys Battleships and naval struggle during world war two,there is a lot packed into the limited number of pages.I have never given much credit to some of the rubbish that has been written about the Italians and their courage,our own veterens tell a very different story and they were there,that said i do find the authors take on events in the mediterranean a little too revisionist,who in their right mind would have wanted to be a Admiral in either Mussolinis or Hitlers navy,neither dictator saw fit to provide aircraft carriers even though both had ships nearing completion,on top of this air cooperation and cooperation across the board whith other services was poor to say the least,to me they had one hand tied behind their backs at all times--but that is just my take on things,Italian Battleships is well worth the cover price and will reward the time taken to read it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Forgotten ships, 6 Jan. 2013
This review is from: Italian Battleships 1940-45 (New Vanguard) (Paperback)
Was on my wish-list

Really pleased it was chosen.
Can't beat the grace of the Littorio class.
Didn't appreciate before what the conversions of the earlier classes entailed.

For the price, the content can't be faulted. Excellent choice of pictures

My pre-conceptions about the unwillingness of the Italians to face the opposition was totally erroneous.

Ideal for the naval enthusiast
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love this series of books, 14 May 2015
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I love this series of books. Like a pocket-battleship, despite their small size they pack a serious punch.

Packed full of information on the designes or each class of ship and an over view of the operational history of each ship along with lots of pictures plus full page colour drawings of the ships from each class.

This book, like the others in the series, is too small to give you all the history behind the design of these ships and their operational history but for the size of the book it makes a great handy reference book and something that is easy to pick up and read by anyone.
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