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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP06 Mar 2024 5:04 p.m. PST

"The "MOVM" is the Italian acronym for "Gold Medal for Military Valour", the highest military recognition of the Italian armed forces, still in use today. It is awarded for deeds of outstanding gallantry. During the night clash off , 8 officers of the Regia Marina got (posthumously) the MOVM for their actions during those dramatic moments. These are only 8 men out of the 2331 that died that night. Almost no information is available in English regarding the stories of these men that died in tragic circumstances.

To briefly recall the context, the night action off Cape Matapan was the result of a series of events, unfolded between the 27th and 28th of March 1941. The heavy cruiser Pola had received a torpedo hit while the Italian fleet was sailing back home. The torpedo paralyzed the engine compartment, and the commander requested the ship to be towed…"

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Grelber06 Mar 2024 8:22 p.m. PST

Interesting account. We don't hear much about the officers and men of the Regia Marina.


Personal logo foxbat Supporting Member of TMP07 Mar 2024 5:05 a.m. PST

Moving tales of dedication to duty and great courage. They died on the wrong side of history, but their deeds command respect. Thanks for sharing.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP07 Mar 2024 3:16 p.m. PST

Happy you enjoyed it boys…


Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP08 Mar 2024 12:50 p.m. PST

I had a student early in my teaching career in Galveston who was a bit of a problem until I mentioned the Battle of Matapan. Turned out his dad was on one the sunken cruisers, was taken prisoner, ended up in Texas as a POW and stayed after the war as a shrimper. The kid was a model student after that.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP08 Mar 2024 3:35 p.m. PST



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