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Carlo Fecia di Cossato

Fecia di Cossatoa

When Italy entered the war on 10 June 1940, Carlo Fecia di Cossato had the command of the submarine “Menotti” of the 34° Squadriglia of Messina

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Gianfranco Gazzana Priaroggia

Gazzana 2

Gianfranco Gazzana Priaroggia’s mark on military history came when he was transferred as second commander on the submarine “Tazzoli” stationed at Betasom.

Italian submarines and surface vessels in the far east: 1940-1945

Colonial Ship Eritrea, with Capt. Seculin, Simeoni, Lt. Gian Formaggio and Capt. Zampini

In the course of World War II, although with a very limited force, the Regia Marina Italiana was present in the remote waters of the Indian Ocean and the Pacific. This presence, dating back to the Boxer Revolution of 1901, consisted of two gun boats located in Tiensin, the Lepanto and the Carlotto, along with some detachments of troops assigned to the defense of the small Italian commercial interests.

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M.A.S. and Midget Submarines in the Black Sea 1942-1943

MAS at high speed

Favorably impressed by the numerous successes obtained from these assault crafts in the course of the first two years of war in the Mediterranean Sea, Raeder had therefore good reason to consider the Italian support.

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smg. Squalo

One aspect of the Italian submarine that was commendable was their advanced Torpedo design. Prof. Carlos Calosi was the inventor of the magnetically activated torpedo, which could sink a ship merely by passing underneath its hull. That may be one of the reasons why Italian submarines had such a good attack/kill ratio.