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Old 28 Feb 17, 15:24
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Originally Posted by The Exorcist View Post
This is exactly what they were saying at the time, Italy was said to be an unsinkable Aircraft Carrier.
However, an offensive war is being contemplated, not a defensive one. Fighters have a limited range, and Italy has few bases in the Eastern Med and none at all in the West end.
At Cape Matapan, they wound up with no air-cover at all when the only planes with the range (German Ju-88s) failed to show up.
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Originally Posted by AdrianE View Post
Why on earth would the Italians want carriers?

They have airbases on Sardina, Sicily and Rhodes than could dominate the med if they had a proper airforce.
As an Italian in the early 1940's I would have preferred a defensive, neutral position.
The bigger part of the Army goes to the North to guard the passes over the Alps against Germany and France and protect the italian industrial heart. Switzerland serves as a neutral bastion halfway and is a big help to bolster Italian defenses.
The Navy and Air Force will defend the Italian mainland (the boot) and its overseas possessions Sardinia, Sicily, Rhodes and Libya.

If Italy for political reasons really has to contemplate an offensive position let it be against selected targets at the other side of the Adriatic, and perhaps the Ionian Sea, as part of expanding our Mare Nostrum

Anything more looks like hybris to me.
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