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Italy's Raimondo Montecuccoli class / Condottieri class cruisers

Photos

Muzio Attendolo during Operation Pedestal in August 1942:
Muzio Attendolo during Operation Pedestal in August 1942
Imperial War Museum, HU-52345
Muzio Attendolo, on August 13, 1942, after having bow blown off by a 21" torpedo during Operation Pedestal:
Muzio Attendolo, on August 13, 1942, after having bow blown off by a 21" torpedo during Operation Pedestal
Imperial War Museum, HU-2288
Raimondo Montecuccoli during a visit to Australia in 1938:
Raimondo Montecuccoli during a visit to Australia in 1938
State Library of Victoria

Design

The Raimondo Montecuccoli class ships were authorized under the 1930 - 1931 Program / 1930 Program and were to be similar to the Da Barbiano class / Cadorna class of cruisers. These had better armor but had similar armament.

Aircraft

There was a single catapult between the funnels to launch the aircraft.

Engines

The forward boiler room contained two boilers. The rest of the boilers had their own rooms.

Ships

Muzio Attendolo

  • Manufacturer: CRDA at Trieste
  • April 10, 1931: Laid down.
  • 1933, September 9, 1934: Launched.
  • July 1935, August 7, 1935: Completed.
  • September 6, 1935: Member of 7th Cruiser Division.
  • December 3, 1940: Assigned to protect Albanian shipping routes.
  • December 9, 1940 - February 19, 1941: Member of 8th Cruiser Division.
  • December 23, 1940: Transported three battalions of Camicia Nera to Valona.
  • February 19, 1941: Member of 7th Cruiser Division.
  • April 1941: Mine laying off Cape Bon.
  • June 1941: Mine laying off Tripoli.
  • July 1941: Mine laying in Sicily narrows.
  • August 21, 1941: Member of 8th Cruiser Division.
  • August 22 - 28, 1941: Attempted to intercept British convoy apart of Operation Mincemeat.
  • September 1941: Attempted to intercept British convoy apart of Operation Halberd.
  • October 7, 1941: Member of 7th Cruiser Division.
  • August 1942: During British Operation Pedestal had bow blown off by torpedo from HMS Unbroken near the Aeolian islands. Sailed to Messina for temporary repairs.
  • September 6, 1942: Repairs in Naples.
  • December 1942, December 4, 1942: Sunk by 9th USAAF bombers.

Raimondo Montecuccoli

  • Manufacturer: Ansaldo, Ansaldo at Genoa
  • October 1931, October 1, 1931: Laid down.
  • 1931, August 2, 1934: Launched.
  • June 30, 1935: Completed.
  • August 27 - September 15, 1937: Sailed from Naples to Shanghai. Joined minelayer Lepanto and gunboat Carlotto.
  • January - March 1938: Cruise to Australia, Japan, and Hong Kong.
  • November 1 - December 7, 1938: Sailed from Shanghai to Naples.
  • 1938: Refit at La Spezia.
  • 1938: Member of 8th Cruiser Division, 2nd Squadron.
  • 1940: Member of 7th Cruiser Division with Muzio Attendolo, Savoia, and Aosta.
  • 1940: Mine laying, cover for troop convoys.
  • December 1940: Bombarded Greek forces near Lukova.
  • April 19 - 24, 1941: Mine laying off Cape Bon.
  • July 1941: Cover for convoys going from North Africa to Italy.
  • August 24, 1941: Failed to intercept British Convoy that was part of Operation Mincemeat.
  • December 16 - 19, 1941: While covering convoy M42 was in First Battle of Sirte.
  • May 1942: Moved to Cagliari, Sardinia with Savoia.
  • June 14, 1942: Intercepted British convoy and sank destroyer HMS Bedouin and damaged HMS Partridge.
  • December 4, 1942: Damaged by 9th USAAF bombers while in Naples.
  • December - mid 1943: Repairs in Naples.
  • 1943: 20 mm L/70 twin mounts added. Mainmast removed.
  • August 4, 1943: Bombarded Allies at Palermo.
  • September 1943: After Italian surrender sailed to Malta then to Alexandria.
  • September 1943 - May 1945: Used as fast transport.

Specifications

  Raimondo Montecuccoli class
Crew 522, 578, 588 - 650
Physical Characteristics  
Displacement 6,941 tons, 7,405 tons
Displacement - Loaded 8,000 tons, 8,853 tons
Length 597' 9"
182.2 m
Length - Water Line 577'
Length - Between Perpendiculars 545', 546' 11", 575' 3"
166.7 m
Beam 54' 6"
16.6 m
Draft / Height 14' 9", 18' 4", 19' 8"
5.6 m, 6 m
Performance  
Speed 37 knots
Range at 18 knots 4,122 nautical miles
Armament 6" twin mounts, 6" L/53: 4, 8
152 mm L/53 Model 1929 twin turrets: 4
Anti-Aircraft 3.9" twin mounts , 3.9" L/45, 100 mm L/47 twin mounts: 3, 6
37 mm, 37 mm L/54 twin mounts: 4, 8
13.2 mm machine guns twin mounts: 4
Torpedo Tubes 21", 533 mm: 2 mounts with 2 tubes each, 4
Aircraft 2
Mines 96
Depth Charge - Launchers 2
Depth Charges 12
Armor  
Barbettes 3 cm - 5 cm
Belt - Machinery 2.5 cm
Belt - Magazines 3 cm
Belt - Main 6 cm, 6 cm + 2.5 cm
Bulkheads 2 cm - 4 cm, 2.5 cm
Control Tower 4 cm - 10 cm, 10 cm
Deck - Main 2 cm - 3 cm, 3 cm
Turrets 7 cm
Engines  
Boilers 6
Yarrow: 6
Shafts 2
Turbines Belluzzo geared
HP 106,000
Oil 500 tons - 1,200 tons, 1,180 tons, 1,297 tons
  Muzio Attendolo
Physical Characteristics  
Displacement - Loaded 8,848 tons
Length - Between Perpendiculars 545' 3"
166.2 m
Performance  
Range at 18 knots 4,411 nautical miles
Engines  
Oil 1,118 tons, 1,275 tons

Sources:

  1. Cruisers of World War Two An International Encyclopedia, M. J. Whitley, 1995
  2. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1922-1946, Robert Gardiner, 1987
  3. Janes' Fighting Ships of World War II, 1989
  4. The Encyclopedia of Weapons of World War II, Chris Bishop, 1998
20th Century American Military History Crucial Site