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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP03 Jan 2020 9:14 p.m. PST

"The Fiume was a Zara class heavy cruiser of the Italian Regia Marina. Her name derives from the city of Fiume and her motto "Sic indeficienter virtus" (thus with inexhaustible valour) derived from the city's motto since 1659, Indeficienter.

Built-in the Stabilimento Tecnico Triestino at Trieste, she entered service at the end of 1931. At the start of the Second World War, she was assigned to 1st Cruiser Division, based at Taranto. During the war, she and her sister cruisers Zara and Pola fought together in the Battle of Cape Matapan, during which were all sunk on 29 March 1941…"




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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP04 Jan 2020 11:55 a.m. PST

The Italians made nice ships….


14th NJ Vol04 Jan 2020 4:31 p.m. PST

Yes they did. Their lack of fuel really crippled them.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP05 Jan 2020 4:08 p.m. PST



Lee49417 Apr 2020 11:24 a.m. PST

Nice but … they really sacrificed armor for speed and that never worked well. Plus their damage control left much to be desired and their repair capability was dismal. So they were really one battle wonders. Score some hits and damage and they were out of the war. Cheers!

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP19 Apr 2020 8:47 p.m. PST

Sadly truth…..


sidley01 May 2023 1:14 p.m. PST

Also their gun design on cruisers was terrible. The guns in the turret did not include independent elevation and were too close together. This was to save weight to help,speed. Therefore the shells were fired together and were so close the air displacement of the shells impacted each other causing inaccuracy.
Plus no radar so nearly helpless at night and easy to surprise.

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