Italian cruiser Alberto da Giussano

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Career (Italy)
Name: Alberto da Giussano
Namesake: Alberto da Giussano
Laid down: 29 March 1928
Launched: 27 April 1930
Commissioned: 1 January 1931
Fate: Sunk at the Battle of Cape Bon, 13 December 1941
General characteristics
Type: Giussano-class cruiser
Displacement: 6,571 tonnes (6,467 long tons) (standard)
6,954 tonnes (6,844 long tons) (full load)
Length: 169.3 m (555 ft 5 in)
Beam: 15.5 m (50 ft 10 in)
Draft: 5.3 m (17 ft 5 in)
Propulsion: 6 Yarrow-Ansaldo boilers
2 Belluzo turbines
2 shafts
95,000 hp
Speed: 37 knots (69 km/h; 43 mph)
Range: 3,800 nmi (7,000 km) at 18 kn (33 km/h; 21 mph)
Complement: 507
Armament: 8 × 152 mm (6 in)/53 guns in 4 twin mountings
6 × 100 mm (3.9 in)/47 guns in 3 twin mountings
8 × 37 mm/53 machine-guns
8 × 13.2 mm machine-guns
4 × 533 mm (21 in) torpedo tubes
Armor: Decks: 20 mm (0.79 in)
Belt: 24 mm (0.94 in)
Turrets: 23 mm (0.91 in)
Tower: 40 mm (1.6 in)
Aircraft carried: 2 × CANT 25AR (later Ro.43) seaplanes
Aviation facilities: 1 × catapult launcher

Alberto da Giussano (named after the fictional[1] medieval military leader condottiero) was an Italian Condottieri class cruiser, which served in the Regia Marina during World War II. She was launched on 27 April 1930.

She participated in the normal peacetime activities of the fleet in the 1930s as a unit of the 2nd Squadron, including service in connection with the Spanish Civil War. On 10 June 1940 she was part of the 4th Cruiser Division, with the 1st Squadron, together with her sister ship Alberico da Barbiano and was present at the Battle of Punta Stilo in July. She carried out a minelaying sortie off Pantelleria in August, and for the rest of the year acted as distant cover on occasions for troop and supply convoys to North Africa.

On 12 December 1941 she left port together with her sister ship Alberico da Barbiano. Both she and her sister were being used for an emergency convoy to carry gasoline for the German and Italian mobile formations fighting with Rommel's Afrika Korps. Jerry cans and other metal containers filled with gasoline were loaded onto both cruisers and were placed on the ships' open decks. The thinking behind using these two cruisers for such a dangerous mission was that their speed would act as a protection. Nonetheless, the ships were intercepted by Allied destroyers guided by radar and the Alberto da Giussano was hit by a torpedo amidships, burst into flames and sunk on 13 December 1941, in the Battle of Cape Bon.


References[edit]

  1. ^ Troisi, Francesco (May 2010). "Quel 29 Maggio del 1176". Medioevo (in Italian): pp. 18–29.