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Bowwave

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Barchni Saltatori
« on: July 11, 2008, 07:38:37 PM »

In Italian the Barchni Saltatori   or Jumping Boat ? But  better known as the Grillo

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Re: Barchni Saltatori
« Reply #1 on: July 13, 2008, 11:46:30 PM »

What the...  it appears to be a small harbor service barge loaded for bear!  :-\

Barchini Saltatori : The 'Jumping Boats' were four light craft designed by the Italian Navy in 1918 for attacks on Austrian naval bases. The boats had caterpillar chains similar to a tank so they could scale defensive booms; all their attacks failed.

I know the Italians had a fondness for small daring attack craft, but what lunatic thought of this?
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