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The Battle of Cape Matapan


Despite the name Battle of Cape Matapan, the actual fighting was not on Cape Matapan but out to sea in several locations.

Littorio Class Battleship

The Littorio and Vittorio Veneto conducting gunnery exercises in 1940

During the Second World War, Italy had 5 Battleships. The Littorio (renamed Italia), Vittorio Veneto, Impero and Roma. These 41,400 ton Battleships boasted 15″ guns and a top speed of 31.4 knots.