Sea-Borne Raids by San Marco Marines in Algeria, Tunisia and Sicily

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Sea-Borne Raids by San Marco Marines in Algeria, Tunisia and Sicily

Post by PT Dockyard » 05 Sep 2019 22:29

I was reading the article on MAS boat development in Warship International 2009 and was surprised to see reference to a number of instances where MAS boats were used to insert small teams of the San Marco Regiment for raids behind Allied lines in 1943. In one instance a team of three entered an air base and destroyed two B-17s before they were captured.

Can anyone point me to an English language source on the San Marco activities or provide some better details on these raids?

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Re: Sea-Borne Raids by San Marco Marines in Algeria, Tunisia and Sicily

Post by DrG » 06 Sep 2019 00:23

This is the only English-language source about the Republican National Navy's MAS operations that I know:
Vincent P. O'Hara, Enrico Cernuschi, Black Phoenix: History and Operations of the Marina Repubblicana 1943-1945.

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Re: Sea-Borne Raids by San Marco Marines in Algeria, Tunisia and Sicily

Post by PT Dockyard » 06 Sep 2019 02:16

Thanks. I have that one and know the authors.

These raids took place before the surrender.

12 and 16 December 1942 Capture of the Cani Rocks and Galita Is.

15 February 1943 San Marco team landed at Cap Serrat, Tunisia.

3 September 1943 MAS 505 and 510 sail from Sardinia to Tunisia and land three teams from San Marco. One of these is the one that destroyed the B-17s.

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Re: Sea-Borne Raids by San Marco Marines in Algeria, Tunisia and Sicily

Post by Felix C » 09 Sep 2019 22:24

I presume those captured were treated as POWs?

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