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3 Sep 1935

Italy
  • The keel of submarine Iride was laid down at the Odero-Terni-Orlando Navy Yard in Muggiani, La Spezia, Italy. ww2dbase [Iride | La Spezia, Liguria | CPC]
15 Sep 1935

Italy
  • Italian 1st Submarine Flotilla officially incorporated a unit trained in motored torpedo boat warfare; the new unit was based at La Spezia, Italy. ww2dbase [La Spezia, Liguria | CPC]
30 Jul 1936

Italy
30 Jan 1937

Italy
  • The keel of submarine Scirè was laid down by Odero-Terni-Orlando in Muggiano, Lerici, La Spezia, Italy. ww2dbase [Scirè | La Spezia, Liguria | CPC]
6 Jan 1938

Italy
28 Sep 1938

Italy
  • The Italian Naval Staff (Stato Maggiore Marina) formed a special research and development section at La Spezia, Italy; it was to report to 1a Flottiglia MAS, a torpedo boat flotilla. ww2dbase [La Spezia, Liguria | CPC]
12 Aug 1940

Italy
  • Iride departed La Spezia, Italy for Libya with four manned torpedoes on board. ww2dbase [Iride | La Spezia, Liguria | CPC]
24 Sep 1940

Italy
  • Scirè departed La Spezia, Italy for Gibraltar with three manned torpedoes on board. ww2dbase [Scirè | La Spezia, Liguria | CPC]
21 Oct 1940

Italy
  • Scirè departed La Spezia, Italy for Gibraltar with three manned torpedoes on board. ww2dbase [Scirè | La Spezia, Liguria | CPC]
23 Jan 1941

Italy
  • Commander Vittorio Moccagatta was made the head of the Special Weapons Section of 1a Flottiglia MAS at La Spezia, Italy. ww2dbase [La Spezia, Liguria | CPC]
27 Jan 1941

Italy
  • Italian manufacturing firm Caproni delivered midget submarines CB-1 and CB-2 to the Italian Navy at La Spezia, Italy. ww2dbase [La Spezia, Liguria | CPC]
15 Mar 1941

Italy
  • Italian Navy's Special Weapons Section of 1a Flottiglia MAS, based at La Spezia in Italy, was renamed 10th MAS Flotilla, which served only as a cover name as the special forces function of the unit would not change. ww2dbase [La Spezia, Liguria | CPC]
10 May 1941

Italy
  • Italian manufacturing firm Caproni delivered midget submarines CB-3, CB-4, CB-5, and CB-6 to the Italian Navy at La Spezia, Italy. ww2dbase [La Spezia, Liguria | CPC]
26 Jul 1941

Italy
  • Commander Ernesto Forza took over command of 10th MAS Flotilla at La Spezia, Italy, which was in actuality a special forces unit for the Italian Navy. ww2dbase [La Spezia, Liguria | CPC]
10 Sep 1941

Italy
  • Scirè departed La Spezia, Italy for Gibraltar with three manned torpedoes on board. ww2dbase [Scirè | La Spezia, Liguria | CPC]
3 Dec 1941

Italy
22 Jun 1944

Italy
  • A group of Italian Navy commandos loyal to the co-belligerent government in the south raided La Spezia, Italy using British Chariot manned torpedoes; they succeeded in capsizing Italian cruiser Bolzano. ww2dbase [Bolzano | La Spezia, Liguria | CPC]

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis




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Winston Churchill, 1935