[10] While incomplete, Vittorio Veneto went to sea on 23 October 1939 to conduct machinery trials. [Note 3] The main armor belt was mounted on 150 mm (5.9 in) of oak timber and 15 mm (0.59 in) steel backing plate, and the entire belt structure was inclined at 11-15º, depending on the section of the hull. [43] Germany pressured the Italian Navy to begin the operation, under the impression that they had disabled two of the three battleships assigned to the British Mediterranean Fleet. She was launched on 9 June 1940 and was completed on 14 June 1942,[10] after which she joined the fleet in La Spezia and replaced Littorio as the fleet flagship. [17], Littorio's design speed was 29 kn (33 mph; 54 km/h) at full-load. [47] Before returning to port, a British Wellington bomber torpedoed the ship. [19] Shell rooms were located below the propellant magazines beneath the gun house in the turret structure. She was renamed Italia on the fall of Mussolini later that year, and badly damaged in September by a German radio controlled glider bomb whilst en route to Malta to surrender to the Allies. She was delivered to the Italian Navy in Trieste, still incomplete, some six months later on 28 April 1940. [20][Note 2] Their ammunition load was 495 AP shells and 171 SAP shells, with 4,320 propellant charges (666 rounds total, or 74 rounds per gun split 55 AP & 19 SAP). Littorio and her sister Vittorio Veneto were built in response to the French battleships Dunkerque and Strasbourg. Two hit Roma; one passed through the ship and exploded under her keel, and the second hit near the forward magazines. Overall, they served predominately in the Mediterranean, making rare Atlantic sorties. Able to elevate to 32 degrees, they fired a 29.3 kg (65 lb) semi-fixed round out to an effective range of 5,000 m (16,400 ft). They had been laid down in 1934, and were completed in 1940, just as Italy entered the war. The three active battleships were transferred to Malta before they were to be interned in Alexandria. The incomplete Impero had meanwhile been seized by the retreating Germans in 1943, who used her as a target, until she was sunk by American bombers on 20 February 1945. On 31 August - 2 September 1940, Littorio sortied as part of a large Italian force to oppose British naval forces taking part in Operations Hats and "MB.3", but contact was not made and no action occurred.A similar outcome resulted from the movement against British Operation "MB.5" on 29 September - 1 October. The Battle that Scuttled the Battleship. Regardless, the Soviet Navy did not use the U.P. This topic is categorised under: Ships » Battleships » Battleship Littorio-class. Italian shell quality control was awful, leading to engagements where British sailors described shells landing hundreds of meters away on either side of the ship. She was in Taranto harbor during the Battle of Taranto on 11 November, during which she received three torpedo hits, which caused extensive damage requiring five months repairs. [36], Littorio and Vittorio Veneto were declared operational on 2 August 1940, and were assigned to the 9th Division of the 1st Squadron. The British follow-up convoy was much better defended and when the Italian fleet sortied on the 27 November to intercept it they were met with a covering force including two British battleships an… Franco concluded several agreements with the Italian government that would have seen the building of four Littorio-class battleships in Spain. Littorio was the lead ship of her class of battleship; she served in the Italian Regia Marina (Royal Navy) during World War II.She was named after the Lictor ("Littorio" in Italian), in ancient times the bearer of the Roman fasces, which was adopted as the symbol of Italian Fascism. While en route, German bombers laden with Fritz-X radio-guided bombs attacked the formation. The first two ships, Littorio and Vittorio Veneto, were operational by the early months of Italy's participation in World War II. Littorio and her sister Vittorio Veneto were built in response to the French battleships … The Italians promised to provide all necessary technical and material support for the construction of the ships. Italian ship BB LIttorio on November 12, 1940, after Taranto attack (P00090.091).jpg 1,567 × 864; 110 KB Littorio-11-November-1940.svg 4,000 × 1,700; 130 KB Vittorio Veneto and Littorio during WW2.jpg 945 × 584; 59 KB The last two battleships were the first of the true treaty battleships, members of the Littorio class. Trumpeter 1/350 RN Vittorio Veneto Italian Navy Battleship 1940 Plastic Model Kit. [17] However, this was reduced to 850 m/s (2,789 ft/s) in order to reduce dispersion and increase barrel service life. The British squadron was in fact Force H, steaming to bombard Genoa. Italia and Vittorio Veneto were awarded to the United States and Britain, respectively, as war prizes. [10] After the entrance of Italy to World War II, the Italian Navy moved the unfinished ship from Genoa to Brindisi, out of fears of French attacks on the vessel. On 14 October 1946, she was moved to La Spezia, paid off on 3 January 1948, and broken up for scrap. She was assigned to the distant covering force for the convoy M 42, which was bound for North Africa, carrying supplies for Rommel's Afrika Korps. [10] At 14 kn (26 km/h; 16 mph), the ships' range increased slightly to 4,700 nmi (8,700 km; 5,400 mi). This operation resulted in the First Battle of Sirte, which ended inconclusively. She was commissioned on 6 May 1940, and after running additional trials that month, she transferred to Taranto where she - along with the Vittorio Veneto - joined the 9th Division under the command of Rear Admiral Carlo Bergamini. From 1934 to 1942, the Italian Navy (the Regia Marina) funded construction of a four-strong class of new battleship known as the Littorio-class consisting of Littorio, Vittorio Veneto, Roma, and Impero. Littorio displaced 40,724 metric tons (40,081 long tons; 44,891 short tons) as designed and 45,236 t (44,522 long tons; 49,864 short tons) at full load. The Armistice between Italy and Allied armed forces took place on 8 September, along with the rest of the Italian fleet she was formally surrendered to the Allies on the following day. Littorio and her sister Vittorio Veneto were built in response to the French battleships Dunkerque and Strasbourg. Based on a upsized Littorio-class, these ships used upsized 16.5in guns, that were otherwise a scaled up version of the guns from the Littorio-class. Littorio was renamed Italia in July 1943 after the fall of the Fascist government. [3] This would have allowed the Italian fleet to keep at least two units operational at any given time. [4] Funding was not allocated to begin construction, however, as the Italian Navy did not want to instigate an arms race with the French Navy. RN Roma Wooden deck set 1943 Trumpeter Pontos Model 1:350 35023WD1 + Actions Stash. On 3 January 1942, Littorio was again tasked with convoy escort, in support of M 43. The design was for a 42,000 t (41,000 long tons; 46,000 short tons) ship armed with nine 406 mm guns in triple turrets. The bow was protected by a 130 mm (5.1 in) belt that extends 35 m (115 ft) ahead of the main belt before terminating in a 60 mm (2.4 in) transverse bulkhead. [40] Vittorio Veneto, however, emerged from the attack undamaged. She was in Taranto harbor during the Battle of Tarantoon 11 November, during which she received three torpedo hits, which caused extensive damage requiring five mo… In comparison, the French. A 26,500 long tons (26,900 t) design was then prepared, which mounted eight 343 mm guns in twin turrets. Littorio, Garibaldi Class, Ships - Barrel Set RB Model 1:350 350L29 + Work was not resumed. There, she replaced Littorio as the fleet flagship. See more ideas about battleship, warship, navy ships. All info is based off of Littorio Wikipedia. Roma's displacement increased slightly as compared to the other ships, to 40,992 t (40,345 long tons; 45,186 short tons) and 45,485 t (44,767 long tons; 50,139 short tons), respectively. Italian Battleship Littorio is a piece of digital artwork by Carlo Cestra which was uploaded on April 8th, 2018. The largest and most powerful warships ever built in Italy, the battleships of the Littorio class, were the first “35,000 tonners” to come under the provisions of the Washington Treaty. [12], The ships of the class varied slightly in dimensions. Aircraft facilities were located on the quarterdeck, where it was initially planned to base six La Cierva autogyros. Description . [13] As built, the ships were fitted with bulbous bows to increase their speed, but they were found to cause serious vibration, which forced a modification to the bow. $44.52 USD $49.46 USD. The third ship of the Littorio class, Roma displaced 42,000 tons, could make 32 knots, and carried nine Littorio, along with the rest of the distant covering force, engaged the escort of a British convoy heading for Malta, and drove them off. The same attack sank her sister Roma (photo elsewhere). [14] Below the third deck, neither the primary nor secondary barbettes were protected by armor. [1] France, which was given parity with Italy, also possessed 70,000 tons of capital ship tonnage. [35] On the night of 8–9 January 1941, the Royal Air Force attacked Naples with heavy bombers, but failed to hit the ship. At least one of these ships would have followed the three 23,000-ton ships once the building holiday expired in 1931. On 17 December, she took part in the First Battle of Sirte. She briefly engaged British cruisers with her rear main battery turret, without scoring any hits. The propeller shafts, aft diesel generator groups, and steering gear were protected by 100 mm (3.9 in) homogeneous armor plating and a separate 200 mm (7.9 in) bulkhead aft of the citadel. Littorio became the lead ship of the class which included sisters Vittorio Veneto, Impero and Roma. 1/1800th scale Littorio-class battleship model. She was renamed Italia after Benito Mussolini's regime collapsed. The convoy was transporting supplies to the island of Malta. On 31 August, the two ships, along with three of the older battleships steamed with a force of ten cruisers and thirty-one destroyers to engage the Operation Hats convoy, but poor reconnaissance prevented the Italian force from engaging the British ships. [18] The 824.3 kg (1,817 lb) semi-armor piercing shells formed the secondary ammunition of the 381mm/50, which had a 29.51 kg (65.1 lb) bursting charge. [44][Note 4] This resulted in the Battle of Cape Matapan the following day, during which Vittorio Veneto engaged British cruisers. During the battle, Littorio struck and seriously damaged the destroyers HMS Havock and Kingston with her main guns, nearly destroying Kingston, which managed to limp back to Malta the following morning. The first Italian design, prepared in 1928, called for a 23,000 long tons (23,000 t) ship armed with a main battery of six 381 mm (15.0 in) guns in twin turrets. [13] On sea trials, both Littorio and Vittorio Veneto exceeded the design specifications for their power plant. [7] This was ultimately abandoned in favor of a 35,000 ton design to be armed with 406 mm guns. This is an injection-plastic ship model kit. The fineness of the hull shape prevented the 3800 mm thickness from being maintained for the entire central citadel; the width of the drum was reduced significantly abreast of the main battery, down to 2,280 mm (90 in). By 1930, Germany had begun to build the three Deutschland-class ships, armed with six 280 mm (11 in) guns, and France had in turn laid down two Dunkerque-class battleships to counter them. [14] The hull space above the citadel was an armored casemate with 70 mm (2.8 in) plating. Therefore the last Italian battleship should have resembled the last Italian cruiser the anti-aircraft cruiser Etna. Certain elements not to scale. [54], In preparing the design for the Design 1047 type of battlecruisers in early 1940, the Dutch Navy inspected Vittorio Veneto, then under construction, in hopes of gathering some experience on the underwater protection system. [31] The 152-mm secondary battery turrets were protected by 280 mm (11 in) faces, 80–130 mm (3.1–5.1 in) sides, 80 mm (3.1 in) rear, and 105–150 mm (4.1–5.9 in) roof, while their barbettes were 150 mm (5.9 in) above deck and 100 mm (3.9 in) below deck. Littorio and Vittorio Veneto were 224.05 meters (735.1 ft) long between perpendiculars and 237.76 m (780.1 ft) long overall, while Roma and Impero were 240.68 m (789.6 ft) long overall. The design studies of what was to become the Littorio class was headed by Inspector-General of Naval Engineering, Umberto Pugliese. Littorio and her sister Vittorio Veneto were built in response to the French battleships … The Italians did not disclose the specifications of the Pugliese system and instead used a multiple-torpedo bulkhead system. The lower two levels had 250 mm (9.8 in) and 200 mm (7.9 in) respectively, all mounted on 10 mm (0.39 in) plating. Littorio reached 137,649 shp (102,645 kW) and 31.3 kn (58.0 km/h; 36.0 mph), while Vittorio Veneto made 133,771 shp (99,753 kW) and 31.4 kn (58.2 km/h; 36.1 mph), both at light loadings. back to all. International Naval Research Organization, Italian naval ship classes of World War II, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Littorio-class_battleship&oldid=1007694593, Short description is different from Wikidata, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, 4,580 nautical miles (8,480 km) at 16 knots (30 km/h; 18 mph), Standard: 40,724 t (40,081 long tons; 44,891 short tons), Full load: 45,236 t (44,522 long tons; 49,864 short tons), This page was last edited on 19 February 2021, at 12:58. Built between 1934 and 1942, they were the most modern battleships used by Italy during World War II. Littorio was the lead ship of her class of battleship and she served in the Italian Regia Marina (Royal Navy) during World War II. They had a rate of fire of 12 rounds per minute and had a ceiling of approximately 10,800 m (35,400 ft). The main armor deck extends to the bow and stern, where it thinned to 60 mm (2.4 in) over 10 mm (0.39 in) plating and 36 mm (1.4 in) over 8 mm (0.31 in) plating respectively. Built between 1934 and 1942, they were the most modern battleships used by Italy during World War II. First among the Littorio battleships were Littorio and Vittorio Veneto laid simultaneously in 1934 and commissioned in 1940. More about the Battleship Littorio-class battleship. In addition, the Roma began its construction in 1938 and entered service in 1942. Roma joined the fleet in June 1942, although all three ships remained inactive in La Spezia until June 1943, when all three were damaged in a series of Allied air attacks on the harbor. The uppermost level was protected by 255 mm (10.0 in) on the front and sides and 175 mm (6.9 in) rear, all mounted on 25 mm (0.98 in) plating. During the resulting Battle of Cape Spartivento, Swordfish torpedo bombers from the carrier HMS Ark Royal attacked Vittorio Veneto, though she evaded the torpedoes. Three months later, on 15 June, Littorio participated in the interception of the Vigorous convoy to Malta. [50], In 1939, Spain's General Francisco Franco briefly considered a naval building program after seizing power in the Spanish Civil War. This model is designed and tested at 1/1800th scale, but up-scaling and down-scaling are possible. During the return to port, Littorio was struck by a torpedo dropped by a British Wellington bomber, but the ship was able to return to port for repairs. She was named after the Lictor ("Littorio" in Italian), in ancient times the bearer of the Roman fasces, which was adopted as the symbol of Italian Fascism. Both countries rejected British proposals to limit new battleship designs to 25,000 long tons (25,000 t) and 305 mm (12.0 in) guns. The Littorio class, also known as the Vittorio Veneto class, was a class of battleship of the Regia Marina, the Italian navy.The class was composed of four ships—Littorio, Vittorio Veneto, Roma, and Impero—but only the first three ships of the class were completed.Built between 1934 and 1942, they were the most modern battleships used by Italy during World War … [40] Littorio was hit by three bombs on 19 June, a week after her sister was damaged. Qty. [41] In February, Vittorio Veneto, Andrea Doria and Giulio Cesare attempted to attack what was believed to be a Malta convoy. On 6 June 1946, Vittorio Veneto steamed to Augusta in Sicily, where, under the Treaty of Peace with Italy, she was allocated to Britain. Two were placed abreast the No. [15] The ships were equipped with three Ro.43 reconnaissance seaplanes or navalized Re.2000 fighters. Combat was limited to the opposing light forces, and Littorio and Vittorio Veneto did not see action; the British nevertheless broke off Operation Vigorous due to the battleships' presence and heavy air attacks. The incomplete Impero was seized by the Germans after Italy withdrew from the war and used as a target, until she was sunk by American bombers in 1945. They could elevate to 45 degrees, permitting a maximum range of 25,740 m (28,150 yd). On 5 June, Vittorio Veneto was hit by two large bombs that struck her port side. She was launched on 15 November 1939, but she was never completed. Over the machinery spaces, the main armor deck was 100 mm (3.9 in) on 12 mm plating inboard and 90 mm (3.5 in) on 12 mm plating outboard. [5], Later in 1928, the design staff prepared another ship, with a displacement of 35,000 long tons (36,000 t), armed with six 406 mm (16.0 in) guns and protected against guns of the same caliber. Shortly after being commissioned into the Regia Marina, the Littorio was badly damaged by the British in the raid on Taranto in November 1940. [19], The ships' secondary battery consisted of twelve 152 mm (6.0 in) L/55 Ansaldo Model 1934 guns in four triple turrets. Both countries were put under significant pressure from the other signatories to use their allotted tonnage to build smaller battleships with reduced caliber main batteries. She was then attacked by torpedo bombers from HMS Formidable; the first wave failed, but the second scored a single hit each on both Vittorio Veneto and the heavy cruiser Pola. In late 1932, Italian constructors responded with a design similar to the Deutschland class, but armed with six 343 mm (13.5 in) guns in triple turrets on a 18,000 long tons (18,000 t) displacement. All products are produced on-demand and shipped worldwide within 2 - 3 business days. Built between 1934 and 1942, they were the most modern battleships used by Italy during World War II. All four ships had a draft of 9.6 m (31 ft) and a beam of 32.82 m (107.7 ft). February 20, 2021 Nevertheless, Italia and Vittorio Veneto reached Malta and were interned. During this attack Italia was hit on the starboard side underneath her fore main turrets, while its sister ship, the Italian flagship Roma, was sunk after it was struck by two bombs. [18] Although speed tests at overloaded power levels were not performed, it was determined that the ship had a theoretical top speed of 32.2 kn (37.1 mph; 59.6 km/h). The arrival of the Dunkerque-class fast battleships for the French Navy in the 1930s prompted the Italians to counter with their Littorio-class, a group of four warships that marked the last battleships to be completed for the Italian Navy. After which she was sent to hunt the British and Free French Mediterranean fleets. During this action, which saw the destruction of her sister Roma, Italia herself was hit by a Fritz X radio-controlled bomb, causing light damage to her bow. [15] The ships carried 4,140 t (4,070 long tons; 4,560 short tons) of fuel oil, which enabled a maximum range of 4,580 nautical miles (8,480 km; 5,270 mi) at a cruising speed of 16 kn (30 km/h; 18 mph). Repairs lasted until July. Littorio was the victim of several Allied aerial attacks throughout her career, the worst of which was the British air raid on the Italian fleet at Taranto on 11 November 1940, which put her out of action until the following March. It is a fast battleship, agile and forceful by the bow 9 x 341 mm [6], The Italian Navy decided that the smaller design was impractical, and that a larger design should be pursued. May 12, 2018 - Italian Navy ships, Vittorio Veneto, Caio Duilio and Giulio Cesare search for the British fleet in Operation Hats, August - September 1940. The joints failed even in cases of non-contact explosions; this prevented the hollow drum from collapsing as designed and resulted in massive flooding. Her sister Vittorio Veneto was laid down the same day. At 35,000 long tons (36,000 t), the initial two ships nominally met the terms of the Washington Treaty. Nov 15, 2019 - Explore Sam Stewart's board "Italian battleships" on Pinterest. Littorio was the second of the class to be launched, about a month after the Vittorio Veneto, and was commissioned 6 May 1940, eight days after her sister. The ship’s main armament consisted of 3 triple turrets with 381 mm guns, 2 turrets superfiring at the front and 1 at the rear. [11] Nevertheless, by the time these ships entered service, the international arms control system had fallen apart and the major naval powers had invoked the "escalator clause" that allowed for ships up to 45,000 long tons (46,000 t) displacement. The two ships were repeatedly torpedoed throughout their careers: Littorio was hit by a torpedo during the attack on Taranto in November 1940 and again in June 1942; Vittorio Veneto was torpedoed during the Battle of Cape Matapan in March 1941 and while escorting a convoy to North Africa in September 1941. An evolution of the original larger design proposals for the Littorio class armed with 16 inch guns (M1936/39), which were still being updated after the Littorios' launch as a potential follow-up with improved AA, torpedo protection and machinery as response to future British and French battleship plans. This formed a void which housed an empty drum 3,800 mm (150 in) wide with 6 mm (0.24 in) thick walls; the rest of the void was filled with liquid. The roof 90–120 mm (3.5–4.7 in) on 10-mm plating. They were developed in response to the French Dunkerque-classbattleships, and were armed with 381-milli… The Littorio class, also known as the Vittorio Veneto class,[Note 1] was a class of battleship of the Regia Marina, the Italian navy. One hit Italia in the bow forward the main battery turrets, causing serious damage. Significant flooding caused the ship to settle by the bow. [36] Impero was laid down at the Ansaldo shipyard on 14 May 1938. Bagnasco, Erminio; de Toro, Augusto (2010). On 14 July 1939, Ansaldo completed a design proposal for the Soviet Navy, for a ship largely based on the Littorio class, designated U.P. The armor scheme was nothing special, and … [10] These long-barrel, high-velocity guns were chosen to compensate for the smaller 381 mm shell as compared to the 406 mm gun originally desired. They returned to port without encountering any British forces, however. They remained at the Great Bitter Lake in the Suez Canal for the rest of the war. Add to cart Add to wishlist. After completion on 15 May 1940, she went to Taranto to join the fleet. However, the ship did not have good AA capabilities to efficiently counteract airstrikes. She was named after the Lictor ("Littorio" in Italian), in ancient times the bearer of the Roman fasces, which was adopted as the symbol of Italian Fascism. The barbettes were 350 mm (14 in) above the upper deck and 280 mm (11 in) below deck. The Littorio class, also known as the Vittorio Veneto class, was a class of battleship of the Regia Marina, the Italian navy.The class was composed of four ships: Littorio, Vittorio Veneto, Roma, and Impero.Only the first three ships of the class were completed, however. [42], On 26 March 1941, Vittorio Veneto departed port to attack British convoys to Greece. [30][14], The weather deck over the citadel consists of 36 mm (1.4 in) homogeneous armor over 9 mm (0.35 in) plating;[30] the main armor deck varied depending on the space it was protecting. [48] Roma joined the fleet shortly after the attacks on the two convoys, and joined her sisters for the move to La Spezia. The guns' rate of fire was one shot every 45 seconds. [13] The 90 mm guns provided long-range anti-aircraft protection, and were mounted in quadriaxially stabilized single turrets. The bomb detonated the magazines, causing a massive explosion that destroyed the ship with heavy casualties. Littorio class. However, with rising tensions in Europe, the Regia Marina ordered the Littorio Class of battleships. [14] Changes to the design and a lack of armor plating led to delays in the building schedule, causing a three-month slip in the launch date from the original plan of May 1937. Italia was scrapped at La Spezia 1952-54. Littorio, Italian, Battleship, 1940-43 Commissioned in May 1940, the Italian battleship Littorio was the lead ship of her class and was renamed Italia in July 1943 following the fall of Italian dictator Benito Mussolini's government. [35], Vittorio Veneto sortied on 26 November and encountered British forces south of Sardinia. The belt consists of a 70 mm (2.8 in) homogeneous armor outer plate and the 280 mm (11 in) cemented armor belt placed 250 mm (9.8 in) behind the outer plate; the 250 mm gap was filed with a cement foam called "Cellulite" to keep the water out of the gap and assist in de-capping armor piercing shells. In September 1943, Italy capitulated and signed an Armistice with the Allies. In October 1947, the ship was raised and towed to Venice, where she was broken up. [29] The main citadel was closed off by 100–210 mm (3.9–8.3 in) forward and 70–280 mm (2.8–11.0 in) aft traverse bulkheads. [27] The 37 mm and 20 mm guns were designed for close-range defense and had effective ranges of 4,000 m (13,100 ft) and 2,500 m (8,200 ft), respectively. This is funny to me because in a separate engagement, one of the Littorio's was described as straddling a destroyer in 3 salvo's which is very good. 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