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Ship ClassZara-class Heavy Cruiser
Sunk29 Mar 1941
Displacement11,730 tons standard; 14,360 tons full
Length600 feet
Beam67 feet
Draft23 feet
Machinery8 three-drum Thornycroft boilers, 2 Parsons turbines
Power Output95,000 shaft horsepower
Speed33 knots
Range4,500nm at 16 knots, 2,950nm at 25 knots, 1,700nm at 31 knots
Armament8x203mm guns, 6x100mm guns, 4x40mm AA guns, 8x12.7mm AA machine guns
Armor100-150mm belt, 70mm deck, 120-140mm turrets, 140-150mm barbettes
Aircraft2 reconnaissance aircraft


ww2dbaseDuring the day on 29 Mar 1941, Pola was struck by a British torpedo plane. At first only slowed, the remaining ships of her group sped away to port, but as Pola later reported that she was dead in the water, sister ships Zara and Fiume, along with four destroyers, returned to guard her. That night, aided by radar, a British fleet centered around three battleships arrived to attack. The out-gunned Italian group was quickly obliterated at relative close range. At the end of the engagement, Pola was sunk along with both of her sister ships in the battle. Two of the escorting destroyers were also destroyed.

ww2dbaseSource: Wikipedia.

Last Major Revision: Dec 2007


Italian cruisers Zara, Fiume, Pola, and Gorizia at Trieste, Italy, date unknown

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