Taranto (Italy), September 19 ,1939 : "Smg. LIUZZI" launch
Submarine images and a short cronology
of the main events of the conflict.
Germany attacks Poland
Great Britain and France declare war upon Germany. THE WAR BEGINS.
Torpedo Room of a WWII Italian Submarine
Italy declares war on France and Great Britain.
Smg. "Bagnolini" attacks and sinks the english cruiser "HMS Calypso" (first
italian success in the conflict).
Bordeaux (FR): BETASOM (Command of the atlantic italian submarines) is established.
LCdr Carlo Fecia Di Cossato
Commanding Officer of "Smg. TAZZOLI"
Italy attacks Greece.
Italy and Germany attack Yugoslavia.
LT Gianfranco GAZZANA PRIAROGGIA, Commanding Officier of
"Smg. DA VINCI" in 1942
Italy and Germany declare war on the Soviet Union.
Smg. " Scire' " brings to the port of Alexandria (Egypt), the assault team
who heavily damage "HMS Valiant" and "HMS Queen Elizabeth" (heroic action of
Adm. Luigi Durand de La Penne).
Italian Submarines sink several U.S. merchant ships (68.000 tonn.) off the coast of the United States.
June 1942 : "Smg. Barbarigo" back from an atlantic patrol.
Following the battele of "EL ALAMEIN", the withdrawal of the Italian-German forces from Egypt begins.
"Smg. Da Vinci" and " Smg. Finzi", for the first time, conduct missions in the
Allied forces land in Sicily (Italy)
August 1942 : the conning tower of the "Smg. Bronzo"
(... with binoculars, Commandinig officer LT Buldrini)
The fall of the Fascist Regime.
The armistice between Italy and the Allied forces.
Allied forces in Rome.
German forces in Italy surrender.
LT Roberto Rigoli officer of "Smg. Barbarigo" in 1943
Berlin: Germany surrenders.
Japan surrenders. THE WAR ENDS.
Cmdr. Primo Longobardo, Commanding officer of the "Smg. Torelli",
back to BETASOM after an atlantic mission, in 1941.
Italian Submarines WWII Statistics
Days at sea
Betasom, february 1942:
The Commanding Officers (from left to right)
LT.Cmdr Carlo FECIA DI COSSATO (Smg. Tazzoli), LT.Cmdr Emilio OLIVIERI (Smg.
LT.Cmdr Antonio DE GIACOMO (Smg. Torelli), LT.Cmdr Ugo GIUDICE (Smg. Finzi)
recieve the GERMAN IRON CROSS
Ships sunk by Italian submarines
132 (665.317 tonn.)
18 (28.950 tonn.)
June 9, 1942 : "Smg. Zaffiro" under the attak of an english
.... in few minutes the boat sunk with all the crew.
Italian Submarines lost
Adm. Luigi LONGANESI CATTANI, decorated with german IRON CROSS,
Commanding Officer of "Smg. Brin" in 1941, and of "Smg Da Vinci" in 1942.