Italian cruiser Zara


Italian cruiser Zara

"Zara" was an Italian "Zara" class heavy cruiser, which served in the Regia Marina during World War II.

Her keel was laid down 1928 at "O.T.O.", La Spezia; she was launched on 27 April 1930, and her construction was completed in 1931. It sank on 29 March 1941.

The cruiser was named after the Adriatic city of Zara (today Zadar).

Actions

"Zara" participated to the Spanish Civil War, having an important role in the end of the independent Basque country.Fact|date=October 2007

1940

* 7 July: battle of Calabria
* 19 July: battle of Cape Spada
* 1 September: operation "Hats"
* 29 September: operation "MB 5"
* 11 November: "Night of Taranto"

1941

* 29 March: In the battle of Cape Matapan, commander "Capitano di Vascello" Luigi Corsi, sunk. The "Zara" was escorting the battleship "Vittorio Veneto", which had been damaged by aerial torpedo and slowed down, to Italy. The "Zara" class cruiser , the "Pola" was damaged by a torpedo from a British aircraft, and was obliged to slow down and later stop. The remainder of the Italian force headed towards home ports, leaving the ship, but at the coming of night, the "Zara" together with her sister ship the "Fiume" and four destroyers returned to the "Pola". In night action the Italian cruisers were taken by surprise by the radar-equipped British vessels. Three British battleships firing from as close a distance as 2,000 m comprehensively outgunned the cruisers. "Zara" and "Fiume" were struck several times within five minutes. Unable to recover the ship, the commander ordered the crew to scuttle and abandon "Zara". The "Fiume" and the ship they had come back for, the "Pola", and two destroyers were also sunk.

External links

* [http://www.marina.difesa.it/storia/Almanacco/Parte04/Navi0420.asp "Marina Militare" official site]
* [http://users.swing.be/naven4/+navires4/5015.html#82804 LamaireSoft's Naval Encyclopedia of World War II]


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Italian cruiser Gorizia — Gorizia was an Italian Zara class heavy cruiser, which served in the Regia Marina during World War II. The ship was named after the city of Gorizia. Gorizia participated to World War II as a member of 1st Division 1st Squad. It took part to the… …   Wikipedia

  • Zara — may refer to:Clothing* Zara (clothing), a clothing brand retailerFiction* Asuran Zara, one of the main characters from the anime series Gundam SEED and Gundam SEED DestinyPeople* Zara Yaqob (1399 1468), Emperor of Ethiopia (1434 1468) * Zara, a… …   Wikipedia

  • Zara class cruiser — The Zara class was an Italian heavy cruiser design of the Regia Marina from the early 1930s, considered by many to be one of the best cruiser designs of World War II. Four ships of the class were completed, Zara , Fiume , Pola and Gorizia , all… …   Wikipedia

  • Condottieri class cruiser — Raimondo Montecuccoli at Venice Class overview Operators …   Wikipedia

  • Trento class cruiser — The Trento class was an Italian heavy cruiser design of the Regia Marina from the late 1920s. The three ships of the class sacrificed protection for speed, and were fairly lightly armored for such large ships. It was later concluded that this… …   Wikipedia

  • French cruiser Algérie — The Algérie was a French heavy cruiser that served during the early years of World War II. She was built in response to the Italian Zara class cruisers, incorporating better armour than previous French cruisers. Algérie started World War II as… …   Wikipedia

  • ARA Veinticinco de Mayo (cruiser) — The ARA Veinticinco de Mayo was a cruiser which served in the Argentine Navy through World War II. The English translation of the name is the Twenty fifth of May, which is the date of Argentina s May Revolution in 1810.The Veinticinco de Mayo was …   Wikipedia

  • List of World War II topics (I) — # I ll Remember April (film) # I Airborne Corps (United Kingdom) # I Armored Corps (United States) # I Canadian Corps # I Corps (Australia) # I Corps (France) # I Corps (Germany) # I Corps (United Kingdom) # I Corps (United States) # I Hua Huang… …   Wikipedia

  • Zehra (name) — Zehra (variants: Zerah , Zahra , Zahrah , Zarah , Zara , Zaara , Zohra , Zohrah , Zora , Zorrah ) is a female given name, that might have a Swahili, [ [http://www.babychatter.com/babynames/name zahra.html|Baby Chatter] ] Arabic, Hebrew, Greek, [… …   Wikipedia

  • Liste Des Classes De Porte-Avions En Service — Porte avions et porte aéronefs Vue d artiste de l USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), tête de sa classe, le plus gros porte avions en service à l horizon 2015 …   Wikipédia en Français


We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.