For its final battleship design Italy ignored all treaty restrictions on tonnage, and produced one of EuropeAs largest and most powerful capital ships, comparable with GermanyAs Bismarck class, similarly built in defiance of international agreements. The three ships of the Littorio class were typical of Italian design, being fast and elegant, but also boasting a revolutionary protective scheme A which was tested to the limits, as all three were to be heavily damaged in the hard-fought naval war in the Mediterranean; Roma had the unfortunate distinction of being the first capital ship sunk by guided missile. These important ships have never been covered in depth in English-language publications, but the need is now satisfied in this comprehensive and convincing study by two of ItalyAs leading naval historians. The book combines a detailed analysis of the design with an operational history, evaluating how the ships stood up to combat. It is illustrated with an amazing collection of photographs, many fine-line plans, and coloured artwork of camouflage schemes, adding up to as complete a monograph on a single class ever published. Among warship enthusiasts battleships enjoy a unique status. As the great success of SeaforthAs recent book on French battleships proves, that interest transcends national boundaries, and this superbly executed study is certain to become another classic in the field.Main rudder diesel room 16. Main rudder no. 2 pump room 17. Side rudder room 18. Passage to store rooms 19. Trunk passage to baggage area 20. Petty oflicersa#39; baggage room 21. Aviation spare parts store room 22. Trunk passage to dieselanbsp;...
|Title||:||The Littorio Class|
|Publisher||:||Seaforth Publishing - 2011-07-18|