Mussolini's Battleships Were Not Safe in Taranto
In the Fleet Air Arm's attack on Taranto on November 11, 1940 a ship of the Littorio class was left with her forecastle under water and a heavy list. Above is the "Littorio", one of four capital ships laid down between 1934 and 1938, the others of the same class being the "Vittorio Veneto", the "Impero", and the "Roma". They are of 35,000 tons with a main armament of nine 15-in. guns, besides twelve 6-in. guns and twelve 3.5-in. A.A. guns, and carry a complement of about 1,600. Their speed is 30 knots. Photo, Keystone.