- Nov 2019
- United States
I think that there was literally no possibility that the Italian Navy was going to sail against British or United States Naval fleets. Their ships were not designed effectively to defeat the Navies of either of those powers as the Admirals of the Italian Navy admitted. Also keep in mind that the Navy wasn't under the command of Mussolini, they were under the command of the King, and he had no intention of helping Mussolini who he hated.In addition Italiam Navy or Air Foce could always sortie or go on merchant raiding in Mediterraean as long as Pantelleria , Sicily , Naples and Taranto bases were at service of Axis and I am not adding the main Luftwaffe base at Otronto. Mind you Italian Navy and Air Force stocked (by reserving from previous year) quite a bit fuel in 1943 and began to perform much better than expected in 1942-1943 winter. Their sorties in 1943 July and 1943 September to surrender in Malta proves that.