Honour - Calabria 1940

Date - 9-July
Type - Fleet or Squadron Actions
Conflict - World War 2; 1939-45

Description The battle was the first capital ship action of the war in the Mediterranean and took place off Calabria in the south-west of Italy.

Escort for two convoys from Malta at Alexandria comprised the battleships Malaya, Warspite and Royal Sovereign (each 8 x 15" guns), the aircraft carrier Eagle, plus escorting cruisers and destroyers.

The Italian battleship Guilio Cesare (10 x 12.6" guns) first fought off an air attack from Eagle's aircraft. But when she and the cruiser Bolzano were hit by shells from Warspite, the Italians withdrew.

This established Royal Navy ascendancy over the Italian Navy for the rest of the war.


HM Ships
 Dainty Decoy  Defender  Eagle  Gloucester 
Hasty  Hereward  Hero  Hostile  Hyperion 
Ilex  Janus  Juno  Liverpool  Malaya 
Mohawk  Neptune  Nubian  Orion  Royal Sovereign 
Stuart  Sydney  Vampire  Voyager  Warspite 
FAA Squadrons
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