The Littorio Class, Italy’s Last and Largest Battleships 1939-1948

The three Littorio Class battleships completed were the last to be built by Italy and some of the most powerful of Europe’s capital ships. This new book provides one of the most complete monographs on a single battleship class, supported by some 300 photographs and 150 fine-line plans. – Most Highly Recommended


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NAME: The Littorio Class, Italy's Last and Largest Battleships 1939-1948
FILE: R2726
AUTHOR: Erminio Bagnasco, Augusto de Toro
PUBLISHER: Seaforth Publishing, Pen & Sword
BINDING: hard back 
PAGES: 356
PRICE: £45.00
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: WWII, World War Two, World War 2, Second World War, 
Mediterranean, Italian Navy, Fascist Navy, Republic Navy, guided missiles, ship 
design, innovation, capital ship, bombs, torpedoes

ISBN: 978-1-84832-105-2

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DESCRIPTION:  The three Littorio Class battleships completed were the last 
to be built by Italy and some of the most powerful of Europe's capital ships.  
This new book provides one of the most complete monographs on a single 
battleship class, supported by some 300 photographs and 150 fine-line plans. - 
Most Highly Recommended

This is the first book to provide an in-depth coverage of this very important Italian battleship design 
in the English-language. As is to be expected of the Seaforth imprint of Pen & Sword this is a 
beautifully produced book that provides detailed insight into the design and deployment of these fast, 
elegant and powerful battleships, supported by an excellent selection of photographs and some 
outstanding fine-line drawings.

All the major navies participating in WWII had continued to build battleships up to the outbreak of war 
and some battleships were completed after the start, or actually constructed during the war. On paper, 
the Italian Navy was the most powerful navy in the Mediterranean after the capitulation of the French 
Fleet. Britain started reinforcing its Mediterranean Fleet as war broke out, operating from Gibraltar, 
Malta and Alexandria, with its major strength based at the latter port

Battleships were still the foremost capital ships but their vulnerability to aircraft and submarine attack 
was to reduce their importance and see them subordinated to the aircraft carrier. By launching an a
udacious attack with Swordfish torpedo bombers on the Italian Fleet in port at Toranto, the Royal 
Navy won itself a three to four month ascendency over the Italian Navy at a critical time. British 
aircraft and submarines continued to harry Italian warships and the only fleet engagement saw the 
Royal Navy achieve superiority, but it was a hard fought and bloody naval war.

The Littorio Class battleships were large powerful ships comparable with the German Bismark. Italian 
warships tended to the elegant and the Littorio Class was no exception, combining speed with power. 
They also featured a revolutionary protective scheme that allowed them to take heavy punishment. 
However they never fulfilled their undoubted potential and Roma had the unfortunate distinction of 
being sunk by guided missiles.

As with all battleships, the Class provided large targets for aircraft to attack and their high speed as 
warships meant little against the speed of aircraft which were difficult to shoot down because they 
were small targets, travelling fast and able to take avoiding action before and after the bomb or torpedo 
run.

This book is an effective and detailed study of the Littorio Class by two of Italy's leading naval
historians. An essential book for all naval history enthusiasts.