aurora wrote:"At 15:59 two shells from Giulio Cesare fell very close to Warspite. Almost immediately after one of Warspite's 15" (381 mm) rounds hit the rear deck of Giulio Cesare, setting off the stored ammunition for one of her 37 mm anti-aircraft guns."
I agree with "straddling is good shooting" and "a hit is fortunate." However the accuracy of Italian main armament guns did need some attention-their spread of shot was too widely dispersed;,but this action had been decided by the quality of RN gunnery. Warspite's hit may well have been lucky-there was also the effective salvo from Neptune which hit Bolzano thrice-the Italian Fleet retired.
aurora wrote:Not that I am aware of alecsandros-the only RN ship damaged in this action was Gloucester-hit by bomb or bombs-she had to retire.
P.S. - there is an Italian naval writer (Enrico Cernuschi) who swears upon anything that he once saw a PRO paper claiming that Warspite had been hit at Punta Stilo by our 320s, but the paper has disappeared when he checked it the second time. I don't trust him very much, I quote his story just for info.
Much has been said in other posts about the amount of 'dispersion' from the Italian Battleships guns, but it would seem that if two shells landed 'very close' to Warspite at the same range that Warspite hit, their gunnery cannot have been that bad!
Or was it a couple of lucky shots?
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