By Peter Grose
In might of 1942, the warfare appeared very distant to so much Sydneysiders - till the evening the 3 eastern midget submarines crept into the harbour and triggered an unforgettable evening of mayhem, excessive farce, chaos and braveness. A ground-breaking new examine probably the most awesome tales of Australia at warfare.
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Damage was relatively minor, but the ship was sent to Genoa for repairs, which were completed quickly and the ship was back at La Spezia by August 13. 41 Sailors of the British battleship Warspite man the rails as the Italian battle fleet steams into Malta on September 10, 1943. The leading ship is the light cruiser Eugenio di Savoia followed by Vittorio Veneto and Italia (formerly Littorio). The two battleships spent the remainder of the war interned in the Great Bitter Lake and did not return to Italy until 1947.
These schemes were designed to alter a ship’s appearance as well as its course and speed. His schemes employed “sawtooth” patterns and used many colors. The Claudus schemes were used on Cesare and Doria. The Regia Marina’s Technical Department issued detailed camouflage regulations in December 1941. By mid-1942, all Italian warships were camouflaged in dazzle patterns that focused on two colors – light gray and dark gray. Decks remained in dark gray and the air recognition red and white stripes also remained in use.
The lead ship Vittorio Veneto was torpedoed at Matapan in March 1941, but returned to service by August. She was again torpedoed by a British submarine in December 1941, but this time repairs took only three months. Littorio was heavily damaged at Taranto in November 1940. On July 30, 1943, after the fall of Mussolini, she was renamed Italia. On September 9, 1943 she was badly damaged by a German glider bomb while transiting from La Spezia to Malta. After being interned at Malta, both ships were moved to Lake Amaro (Great Bitter Lake) at the southern end of the Suez Canal in 1944.