Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Italian king Victor Emmanuel against building too large warships according to the Dutch newspaper Algemeen Handelsblad dated 19 August 1910

An item referred to the Mattino in which magazine Stead (1) told that he 3 years spoke with the Italian king Victor Emmanuel who was with no doubt against the building of too large ships which were potential victims of aircrafts. The building of dreadnoughts was a large mistake he stated, how larger the target the greater the chance on a hit. An insignificant plane of just 10.000 lires could simply destroy a battleship of 55 milion lires with the 75 kilo melinite in bombs she could carry with her.

1. The British journalist/newspaper editor William Thomas Stead (5 July 1849 Embleton, Northumberland, England-15 April 1912 steamship Titanic)?
2. Vittorio Emanuele Ferdinando Maria Gennaro Savoy(11 November 1869 Naples, Kingdon of Italy-28 December 1947 Alexandria, Egypt), reigned as king of Italy between 29 July 1900-9 may 1946 as Victor Emmanuel III.