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Bolzano

CountryItaly
Ship ClassTrento-class Heavy Cruiser
BuilderAnsaldo Sestri Ponente, Genoa, Italy
Laid Down11 Jun 1930
Launched31 Aug 1932
Commissioned19 Aug 1933
Sunk22 Jun 1944
Displacement13243 tons standard; 13885 tons full
Length646 feet
Beam67 feet
Draft22 feet
Machinery12 boilers, 4 Parsons turbines
Power Output150000 SHP
Speed35 knots
Range4,460nm at 16 knots
Crew725
Armament8x203mm, 12x100mm, 8x37mm, 8x13.2mm, 8x533mm torpedo tubes
Aircraft3 reconnaissance aircraft

Contributor:

ww2dbaseBolzano was the last of the three Trento-class heavy cruisers, but she was built with enough changes (due to knowledge acquired since the construction of her sister ships) that some argue she should be categorized as at least the leading ship of a sub-class. During the Spanish Civil War, she escorted Italian ships in the Mediterranean Sea with her sister ships. In mid-1942, she was damage by a torpedo launched by a British submarine. In Sep 1943, while undergoing permanent repairs at La Spezia, Liguria, Italy, she was seized by German forces as Italy signed an armistice with the Allies. Because of the serious damage, however, the Germans made no real attempt at continuing the repairs. On 22 Jun 1944, a group of Italian Navy commandos loyal to the co-belligerent government in the south raided La Spezia, capsizing Bolzano. She was refloated in 1947 and sold for scrap.

ww2dbaseSource: Wikipedia.

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Bolzano Operational Timeline

11 Jun 1930 The keel of cruiser Bolzano was laid down by Ansaldo Sestri Ponente at Genoa, Italy.
31 Aug 1932 Cruiser Bolzano was launched at Genoa, Italy.
19 Aug 1933 Bolzano was commissioned into service.
13 Aug 1942 British submarine HMS Unbroken damaged cruisers Bolzano and Muzio Attendolo 21 miles north of Capo d'Orlando, Sicily, Italy.
22 Jun 1944 A group of Italian Navy commandos loyal to the co-belligerent government in the south raided La Spezia, Italy using British Chariot manned torpedoes; they succeeded in capsizing Italian cruiser Bolzano.

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Italian cruiser Bolzano, during the Battle of Cape Spartivento, 27 Nov 1940




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Italian cruiser Bolzano, during the Battle of Cape Spartivento, 27 Nov 1940




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