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Protected Cruiser Puglia


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Protected Cruiser Puglia  

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  1. 1. Would you like to see the Puglia implemented in the Italian Naval Tech Tree?

    • Yes
      26
    • No (explain)
      4
  2. 2. How should the Puglia be implemented in the Italian Naval Tech Tree?

    • Regular Tree
      22
    • Premium
      3
    • Event Vehicle
      1
    • I said no
      4
  3. 3. Which version of Puglia would you like to see in the Italian Naval Tech Tree?

    • As-built
      4
    • 1916 refit
      10
    • Both
      12
    • I said no
      4


Puglia

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Introduction:

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Puglia was built as the last of Regioni class protected cruisers. The entire class was designed by naval engineer Edoardo Masdea in 1887, the first protected cruisers built in Italy which until then had been constructed abroad in Britain. They were designed to serve a variety of roles in the navy including scouting and colonial cruisers for the main fleet. It was determined that the ships of the class would each be named after different regions of Italy. Divided between four builders the Regioni class delivered rather disappointing results owing to a mixture of slow speed and insufficient armor protection in service. Puglia in particular was built at Arsenale di Taranto in October 1893 and commissioned on May 26, 1901. Compared to her sister ships Puglia was larger but had less deck armor to lower displacement.

Service Career:

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By the time Puglia had commissioned in 1901 after significant delays the ship was outclassed by the first light cruisers in the world. Still the ship was deployed to East Asia representing Italian colonial interests in China. When US President Theodore Roosevelt deployed the Great White Fleet around the world Puglia was ordered to meet them at Rio de Janeiro in January 1908. There Puglia greeted the Americans with a gun salute. By 1911 she had been deployed to the colony of Eritrea when the Italo-Turkish War broke out in September of that same year. Joined by the cruiser Calabria both ships shelled the Ottoman port of Aqaba on November 19 ceasing soon after King George V passed through the Red Sea for his coronation in India resuming hostilities on the 26th. By 1912 the Puglia was patrolling the Red Sea with the fleet for seven Ottoman gunboats off the Eritrean coast. During the battle of Kunfuda Bay on January 7, the fleet sank four of the offending gunboats and another three beached to avoid destruction. Shortly after a blockade of Al Hudayah ensured on January 26th cutting off Ottoman supply routes to Yemen. Coastal bombardments intensified during this time forcing the Ottomans to surrender in October 1912. 

 

At the start of World War 1 Puglia was regulated to the southern Adriatic Sea in an effort to keep the Austro-Hungarian fleet at port. On January 27, 1915 Puglia encountered the Austrian cruiser SMS Novara with both ships retreating without shots fired. In February 1916 she and the cruiser Libia provided covering fire for the withdrawing Serbian forces at Durazzo. Later in the year Puglia was converted into a minelayer removing much of her main armaments for light guns entering service on July 1. Postwar Puglia was given patrol duties off the Dalmatian coast later taking part in the Split Unrest in July 1920. Ethnic Croatians were unhappy with the postwar land agreements awarding Italy most of Dalmatia from Austria-Hungary and came into violent contact with the settling Italian population. On July 11 violence exploded when the Puglia's captain and a sailor were shot dead while negotiating with an angry Croatian mob. These events would later contribute to the destruction of the Slovene run Trieste National Hall by Italian Fascists on July 13. Puglia was sold for scrap in March 1923 but Benito Mussolini intervened during the dismantlement process and saved the ship's bow along with forward superstructure for preservation. He personally gifted these parts of the Puglia to ardent Italian nationalist Gabriele D' Annunzio for his estate at Vittoriale degli Italiani. The property would become a memorial to Italian nationalism after D' Annunzio's death where the Puglia's bow survives today.

Photographs:

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Puglia on the slipway, 1897

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 Puglia launching, 22 September 1898

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Puglia at commissioning, 1901

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At Spalato sometime after conversion into a minelayer

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Puglia's bow being hoisted onto the Vittoriale degli Italiani estate

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The bow at present day

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Technical Data:

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General Specifications:

Displacement: 2538 tonnes

Length: 88.2 m

Beam: 12.1  m

Draft: 5.45 m

Installed Power: 4 x cylindrical boilers,  

Propulsion: 2 x shafts, 2 x vertical triple expansion engines (7000 hp)

Speed: 19 knots

Crew: 278 men

 

Armor (Terni Harvey Steel):

Deck: 25mm

Conning Tower: 50mm sides

 

Armament: (as-built)

4 x 152/40 A91 guns 

6 x 120/40 A91 guns

8 x 57/40 H guns

8 x 37/25 H lungo guns

2 x 11mm Maxim machine guns

2 x 450mm torpedo tubes (beam)

 

Armament: (1916)

7 x 76/40 A1916 guns

2 x 40/39 V1915 AA auto-cannons

2 x 450mm torpedo tubes (beam)

200 mines

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+1 for the 1916 refit in the coastal tree. 

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