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Giulio Cesare

Ship ClassConte di Cavour-class Battleship
Builder NameCantieri Ansaldo, Genoa, Italy
Laid Down24 Jun 1910
Launched15 Oct 1911
Commissioned1 Jan 1915
Decommissioned18 May 1928
Displacement28,800 tons standard; 29,100 tons full
Length611 feet
Beam92 feet
Draft34 feet
Machinery8 boilers, 2 shafts
Power Output93,000 SHP
Speed28 knots
Range3,100nm at 20 knots
Armament10x320mm, 12x120mm, 8x100mm, 8x37mm, 12x20mm
Armormax 280mm vertical, 135mm horizontal
Final Decommission as Italian Ship1943


ww2dbaseGiulio Cesare was a WW1-era battleship though she had no active missions during that war. In 1926, she attacked the Greek island of Corfu as a response to the killing of Italian representatives in Ioannina. She was decommissioned in 1928. Between 1933 and 1937 she was completely rebuilt then recommissioned for WW2 service. At the Battle of Calabria on 9 Jul 1940, she was damaged by a 381mm shell from British battleship Warspite. She served extensively during the Malta Campaign, escorting Italian convoys to North Africa and intercepting British convoys to Malta. In 1942, she was relegated to a training role. After the Italian surrender, she was given to Russia as reparations, and served in the Russian Navy as battleship Novorossiysk. She suffered a mysterious explosion on 29 Oct 1955 and sank; the reason was likely a remaining WW2-era German mine, though conspiracy theories exist for the explosion that killed 608 Russian sailors.

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Last Major Revision: Apr 2007

Giulio Cesare Operational Timeline

1 Jan 1915 Giulio Cesare was commissioned into service.
18 May 1928 Giulio Cesare was decommissioned from service.
8 Jan 1941 British Wellington bombers from Malta attacked Italian battleships Guilio Cesare and Vittorio Veneto moored in Naples, Italy. Guilio Cesare was badly damaged by 3 near misses but Vittorio Veneto was hit without serious damage. Both ships would be moved to La Spezia, Italy and repaired, out of the range of the Malta bombers.


Battleship Giulio Cesare, during speed trials, 1914Battleship Giulio Cesare, Taranto, 1917

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Battleship Giulio Cesare, during speed trials, 1914Battleship Giulio Cesare, Taranto, 1917

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