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Old 03-03-2012, 11:17
derek s.langsdon derek s.langsdon is offline
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Jim/Michael

Only just caught up with all your great stories and detail on those brave
X Flottiglia men which greatly enjoyed reading

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Old 30-07-2015, 13:31
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I am working on the story of the Decima Flottiglia MAS during WWII. I would greatly appreciate any sources of high-quality images of the unit. Thank you!

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I had the very good fortune to meet with and have a long discussion with Rear Admiral Gino Birindelli who was captured after an unsuccessful Maiale attack on Gibraltar in October 1940. Birindelli considered that the the Italians squandered the advantage that Decima MAS gave them due to obsessive secrecy. Supermarina were not fully aware of the unit's capabilities. He went on to consider that if the attack on Alexandria in which QE and Valiant were damaged had been combined with an offensive in the western desert- the effect would have been overwhelming.

As a footnote he told me that while a PoW in the UK, he was selected to be transferred to a camp in Canada. As he was about to board the ship at Liverpool, he was grabbed by two RMPs and returned to his UK camp. Conditions in Canada were considered somewhat lax and he, as an officer of Decima MAS was considered too dangerous to be allowed to take advantage of the more lenient regime in Canada. He spent the rest of the war in the UK.
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