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World War 2 at sea

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The last ship for the time being planned for my U.S. Navy is an Escort Carrier. Since I’m still pondering which one and looking for a model, I’ve ordered the first two ships for the italians a friend of mine wants to play.

The first two italian ships are two of the Zara-class heavy cruisers: The Zara, first ship of the class, and the Pola, last ship of the class with a slightly different superstructure architecture.

The ships of the Regia Marina were pretty modern ships with good guns, good optical range finders and fast speed, and originally designed to defeat the ships of the french navy. Their range was limited, but since they were intented to only operate in the Mediterranean, this was no issue and part of their concept. I read that the shells for their main batteries had some issues in that they had a deviation of up to 1000 metres at longer ranges, but this could also be a result of their guns being very close together, so that the shockwaves of the shells fired influenced each other’s trajectory. The issue with the shells never got addressed, since the manufacturer of them was a buddy of Mussolini – just goes to showcase one of the many flaws inherent in autocracies and dictatorships.

The two Zaras are ordered and supposed to arrive early next week, so stay tuned.

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