Wreck of Italian Battleship Roma Discovered

The wreck of the Italian battleship Roma has been located by Italian Navy divers off the coast of Sardinia after a lenghty multi-year search. The battleship Roma was sunk by German aircraft on September 9, 1943 while underway to Malta to surrender to Allied forces. Italian Admiral Carlo Bergamini and over 1,300 sailors died when the battleship was sunk by the Luftwaffe.

Italian Navy Battleship Roma WW2
 

Bolzano Italian Heavy Cruiser

Bolzano Italian Heavy Cruiser

Bolzano Cruiser WW2 Italian Navy

WW Bolzano Heavy Cruiser, Regia Marina

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Source: FM 30-50: Recognition Pictorial Manual of Naval Vessels, U.S. Navy Department, September 1943.

Italian Navy Uniforms and Insignia

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WWII Italian Navy Uniforms and Insignia

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Italian Navy Ship Silhouettes

The following simplified Italian ship silhouettes show the profiles and relative sizes of the various classes of battleships, cruisers, and destroyers in the Italian Navy in WWII. The silhouettes are taken from the U.S. Navy manual FM 30-50: Recognition Pictorial Manual of Naval Vessels.

WW2 Italian Navy Ship Silhouettes

From top to bottom, ships shown are

  • Battleships-BB: Littorio Class; Cavour Class; Doria Class
  • Heavy Cruisers-CA: Bolzano; Gorizia
  • Light Cruisers-CL: Montecuccoli Class; Garibaldi Class; Luigi Class; Regolo Class
  • Destroyers-DD: Navigatore Class; Turbine Class; Spica Class; Grecale-Aviere Class

Source: FM 30-50: Recognition Pictorial Manual of Naval Vessels, U.S. Navy Department, September 1943.