Diaz, Armando

Diaz, Armando

Diaz, Armando, 1861-1928, Italian field marshal. In World War I he replaced (1917) Cadorna as chief Italian commander. He defeated (1918) the disintegrating Austro-Hungarian army at Vittorio Veneto and concluded (Nov. 3) the armistice, based on unconditional surrender, with Austria-Hungary. Created duca della Vittoria [duke of victory], he was later minister of war (1922-24).
Ordered: 29 October 1929
Laid down: 28 July 1930
Launched: 10 July 1932
Commissioned: 29 April 1933
Fate: Sunk on 25 February 1941
General characteristics
Displacement: 5,406 tonnes standard 7,194 tonnes full load
Length: 169.3 meters
Beam: 15.5 meters
Draught: 5.2 meters
Propulsion: 2 Parsons geared turbines 6 Yarrow boillers

95,000 horsepower

Range: 3.088 nautical miles at
Complement: 507 men
Armament: 8 guns (4 × 2) 6 guns (3 × 2)

2 40 mm guns (2 × 1)

8 13.2 mm guns (4 × 2)

Aircraft: 2 aircraft, 1 catapult
Protection: 20 mm deck 24 mm main belt

23 mm turrets

Armando Diaz was a light cruiser of the Condottieri class and the sistership of the Luigi Cadorna. She served in the Regia Marina during World War II. She was built by OTO La Spezia and named after Armando Diaz an Italian Field Marshall of World War I.

She was launched on 29 April 1933 and served in the Mediterranean after her completion. From 1 September 1934 until February 1935 she made a cruise to Australia and New Zealand.

During the Spanish Civil War she served in the western Mediterranean and was based at Palina and Melilla.

In June 1940 she was present at the Battle of Calabria, also called the battle of Punta Stilo. In October she took part in a mission to Albania, and in December she came under direct orders of Supermarina (Naval Headquarters) for special duties in connection with the protection of traffic to Albania from January 1941. However, the following month an important supply convoy to Tripoli required her use for cover, in company with the light cruiser Giovanni dalle Bande Nere and some destroyers.

In the course of this operation the ship was torpedoed and sunk by the British submarine Upright off the island of Kerkennah in the early hours of 25 February.

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