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Artificially coloured view of 12.8 in  battleship Conte di Cavour: one of four dreadnought era battleships completely rebuilt by the Italians to near modern standards in the 1930s, she was sunk at anchor by the Fleet Air Arm during the famous Taranto Raid of November 1940.  Though raised, repairs were still incomplete by the time of the Italian surrender in September 1943.

Artificially coloured view of in battleship Conte di Cavour: one of four…

12.8 in battleship Andrea Doria - one of several WW1 veterans rebuilt by the Italians to near contemporary standards in the 1930s.  Undamaged at the famous Taranto raid in November 1940 (unlike her sister Caio Duilio), her activities were increasingly curtailed by fuel shortages.  Both ships surrendered at Malta in September 1943.

12.8 in battleship Andrea Doria - one of several WW1 veterans rebuilt by the Italians to near contemporary standards in the 1930s. Undamaged at the famous Taranto raid in November 1940 (unlike her sister Caio Duilio), her activities were increasingly curtailed by fuel shortages. Both ships surrendered at Malta in September 1943.

HMS Nelson

The British battleship HMS Nelson off Spithead for the May 1937 fleet…

Italian Battleship, Littorio - one of Italy's most modern WW2 battleships, heavily damaged at Taranto by Fleet Air Arm attack in 1940.

Italian Battleship, RMN Littorio - one of Italy's most modern battleships, heavily damaged at Taranto by Fleet Air Arm attack in - Battles often took place on seas, ships were an important advantage in the war.

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DKM Bismarck-class battleship 'Bismarck' and Admiral Hipper-class heavy cruiser 'Prinz Eugen'

The German Battleship Kaiser, launched in March 1911 and armed with ten 12-inch guns--marking the advent of the Kaiser Class size of German battleships to compete with Britain's Dreadnoughts.

The German Battleship Kaiser, launched in March 1911 and armed with ten guns--marking the advent of the Kaiser Class size of German battleships to compete with Britain's Dreadnoughts.

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