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Decima Flottiglia MAS: Strike on Alexandria

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This Decima Flottiglia MAS strike on Alexandria opened a window of opportunity for the Axis in their efforts to support the war in North Africa.

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Decima Flottiglia MAS

The Italian Frogman

The 10th Light Flotilla was responsible for 28 ships sunk or damaged in World War Two. These ships include the battleships HMS Queen Elizabeth, HMS Valiant, cruiser HMS York and 111,527 tons of merchant shipping.

Junio Valerio Borghese

Junio Valerio Borghese

These attacks proved so successful, that King Victor Emmanuel knighted the ‘Black Prince’. Borghese eventually departed his beloved Scire, and began to concentrate on a human torpedo attack of New York City. This plan almost materialized, if not for the Italian armistice.