Italian cruiser Raimondo Montecuccoli

Italian Cruiser Raimondo Montecuccoli

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Italian cruiser Raimondo Montecuccoli

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Raimondo Montecuccoli was a Condottieri class light cruiser serving with the Italian Regia Marina during World War II. She survived the war and served in the post-war Marina Militare until 1964.

Design

Montecuccoli, which gives the name to its own sub-class, was part of the third group of Condottieri class light cruisers. They were larger and better protected than their predecessors. She was built by Ansaldo, Genoa, and was named after Raimondo Montecuccoli, a 17th century Italian general in Austrian service.

Career

Montecuccoli entered service in 1935 and was sent out to the Far-East in 1937 to protect Italian interests during the Sino-Japanese War, and returned home in November 1938 after being relieved by the . During the war she participated in the Battle of Punta Stilo and in the successful Battle of Pantelleria, where her guns disabled the British destroyer and set the large tanker SS Kentucky on fire.

She was badly damaged by USAAF bombers in Naples on 4 December 1942, but having been repaired and just weeks before the armistice, on August 1943, she shelled without consequences a small Allied convoy off Palermo during the Allied invasion of Sicily. After the Armistice she was interned by the Allies and returned to Italy after the war to serve as a training cruiser until 1964.

Remains of Montecuccoli today

Some remains of the ship, along with several artillery pieces and armoured vehicles, are located at the Sunday City holiday park near Perugia, Italy. There is...
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