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  1. This film focuses on the figure of Luigi Rizzo (1887 - 1951), Italian naval officer. A merchant navy captain, he was mobilized in the Regia Marina for WWI; he was eventually transferred to the MAS flotilla. When operating aboard these fast attack crafts, he obtained notable successes, among which the sinking of the old coastal defense ship SMS Wien and the dreadnought SMS Szent István, for which he was awarded with two Gold Medals and three Silver Medals for Military Valour. After the war, he participated in Gabriele D'Annunzio's Impresa di Fiume, and retired as Capitano di Fregata in 1920. Resuming his career in the merchant navy, he was named Conte di Grado in 1932, and in 1936 was promoted Ammiraglio di Divisione of the Naval Reserve for exceptional service. Briefly resuming active service in the early years of WWII, he became president of the CRDA in 1943; when Italy signed the armistice on 8 September, he ordered to sabotage the ships to avoid them falling in the hands of the Germans. For this, he was detained by the Gestapo in Austria till the end of the war. In his honour, the Marina Militare named two ships, a Carlo Bergamini-class frigate and a new FREMM-class frigate that entered service in 2017.
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    Fan made Italian tech tree

    ...Do we even have to comment this? Maybe it's for the better that the regular tree doesn't come at all; I'd rather have no tree than a tree full of overtiered, mediocrely performing ships. Which drunk and ignorant Russian author did they follow this time around?
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    Fan made Italian tech tree

    The Germans had a torpedo fire control system (called TRW, if I'm not mistaken), so even when they weren't that close or the shot wasn't that easy-peasy, they could take it with good chances of hitting. The British didn't have one, if I recall correctly (I mean until 1943), but their boats usually had all the torpedo tubes on the bow, so they could fire a bigger salvo (six torpedoes, instead of the maximum four that an Italian boat could muster) to improve their chances. Nothing to say about the 600, they were adequate for the role (some more knots when surfaced wouldn't have been exactly a bad thing, though), and they would've done a bit better had they been used as they should have. Italian submarine doctrine at the beginning was awful and thoroughly inadequate. The freon thing (which involved all submarines, not just the 600) was important in East Africa, so while it was a bad thing (not to mention MARICOSOM perfectly knew the issue and did nothing, presumably for budget reasons) it wasn't a crippling flaw.
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    Fan made Italian tech tree

    That was a very nice hit, and something to remember, absolutely. However, let's not forget that it went down to simple luck (I imagine how close the Axum managed to get to the convoy without getting spotted, the formation of the same, etc.), because the old-fashioned way the Italian boats used to fire torpedoes was pretty much reliant on luck. Hope that you get the target's bearing and speed right and cross your fingers.
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    French Premium Tier IV

    That would be the best thing, in my book. But the DD line is well beyond the horizon...
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    Fan made Italian tech tree

    Well, they had quite a bit going against them, mainly the doctrine (influenced by the peculiar use of submarines in WWI, in the shallow Adriatic Sea) and the fact that their design ultimately meant that they were somewhat slow on the surface and had big conning towers, making them unsuitable to do what the U-Boote did (i.e. wolfpack and the like), in the Atlantic Ocean, where they saw instead better use as "cruisers", attacking unescorted single ships in areas such as the Caribbean. In the Mediterranean, they didn't have much to shoot at to begin with, and at first they did it wrong and faced stronger reaction than expected (ASDIC was a nasty surprise), but they made progress... during Operation Pedestal, unfortunately the last chance they had before Allied superiority became overwhelming, they did really well. They also had to do other things like getting supplies to North Africa (to a degree unavoidable, but still a waste) and carrying human torpedoes (and that was something else). There are great stories, and bad stories. Some great stories could be those of the Leonardo da Vinci, a Marconi-class submarine that was the deadliest non-German submarine of the whole war, sinking more in tons than any other British, American or Japanese sub; or perhaps, the Perla, a smaller coastal submarine assigned to East Africa that, before it fell, embarked on an adventurous trip that saw it safely reach Bordeaux. Or even the story of Salvatore Todaro, a submarine skipper that twice ensured that the crew and passengers of the ships he sank were safe, disregarding the danger for his boat. Some bad stories... well, there was another submarine commander, Enzo Grossi, who twice claimed to have sunk an American battleship (and, while he did attack something, it was a light cruiser the first time, and a corvette the second time, both of which weren't hit anyway). He was promoted and decorated, and his "success" was milked for all its worth... only to become an embarassment at the end of the war, when a court of enquiry had to be established twice because the former had been way too lenient towards him.
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    British Camouflage, not very British!

    Yeah, and they did a great job at that. Could've come in handy for the Kriegsmarine... And The British themselves might've learned a thing or two...
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    Can we have axis vs. allies events?

    Procrastes, rest assured that I have not been irritated with you in the slightest, nor have I taken offense in what I said. If I gave the impression of railing against you, I'm sorry, it wasn't my intention in the slightest and I apologize. What you wrote, other than original in itself, shows an understanding and a knowledge of the issue that I absolutely approve, and I have absolutely no qualms with. Witty jokes, when backed by historical facts, I like very much. Let me say that what I am against is jokes as stale and shallow such as the one done before, which I quoted. Such jokes, I believe, go against what you said, as they imply that Italian governments shrewdly and conveniently changed sides with ease and with little regard to honour or integrity, which is something I cannot accept. Sadly, such jokes (like the ones about France and its supposed easiness in surrendering) are more often than not thrown around when Italy or France are mentioned; in fact, I can hardly remember a thread (either here or on Reddit) where nobody made one. So, other than its injustice and its staleness, I am also a bit tired of hearing them, and therefore tend to react rather harshly; I apologize if I come off as blunt or offensive, but I cannot abide the ignorance and the levity of people who mock the suffering and the troubles of other people, and who refuse to educate themselves about them. Anyway, I again assure you that you have not offended or irritated me in the slightest, and I again apologize for having given such an impression.
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    Can we have axis vs. allies events?

    Is what historically ignorant people think Italy did. But I guess it's useless to remind people that the Triple Alliance was a defensive, not offensive, alliance. That, while Italy did look after its interest, so did the German Empire and Austria-Hungary, who during the alliance didn't exactly behave like completely friendly, trustworthy allies. That, after thirty years of alliance, the decision to remain neutral in 1914 and then enter the war for the Entente in 1915 wasn't easy or guaranteed. Tthat the Entente powers enacted a virtual blockade of Italy, stopping the ships that carried vital goods for the italian economy, to force it to come to a decision. That both the United Kingdom and France were very happy to have Italy on their side and made quite a bit of promises, on quite a bit of which they tried however to backpedal as soon as they could. It's useless to remind people that, with all the talk about Italy stabbing in the back, a similar blockade choking the economy was in place in 1940. That other powers (like Finland, Hungary, Bulgaria...) in World War II did defect from the Axis or tried to. It's useless to remind people that such a decision, for Italy, with the Germans firmly in the national territory, was far from an easy one. That by doing so Italy condemned itself to a bloody and gruesome civil war, which alongside everything else left the country devastated and destroyed. That many Italians went through painful moments when they had to choose their allegiance once again, knowing that friends or even family would be on the opposite side. That the royal government in the South played its part alongside the Allies (thousands of ships repaired in the Taranto shipyard, tons of Italian soldiers and civilians available as labourers, Italian troops available...). That many Italians thought that such a thing would earn something at the peace treaty, and were completely disappointed. Yeah, all of that is decidedly a laughing matter... for people whose country did not go through such events, and who don't know about them in the first place.
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    I'm a submarine...you're a submarine...we're submarines

    Too bad, now everything's that left is hope that they don't annihilate the game for this. Ironically, the presence of submarines would give lots of material for an Italian line, as the Regia Marina and the Italian shipyards were very active in that area; in 1940 the Italian submarine fleet was numerically the second in the world (after the Soviet navy, surprisingly).
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    Can we have axis vs. allies events?

    Incredibly original and funny... not.
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    Fan made Italian tech tree

    I wonder, as it is now, would the original Zara design make it as a Tier 8?
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    Fan made Italian tech tree

    The good guns are such only as far as the AP goes; I guess the only way to have them perform adequately would be by giving their HE 1/4 pen as well. Now that I think about it, I believe this might be a good idea. In terms of displacement, the same could be said about the Myoko, and yet there it is down at Tier 7... The armor would definitely be a troll for Tier 7, and that's where WG should be scratching its head, I admit. Bottom line is, as I stated, I'm a pessimist, so I brace for the worst possible outcome.
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