Italian submarines in World War Two

Italian Commanders

Antonio Cuzzaniti

Born  23 Jan 1908La Spezia
Died   1985(76)Milan


  C.C.Capitano di Corvetta


22 Mar 1943 Croce di guerra al valore militare
12 Apr 1946 Medaglia di bronzo al valore militare
12 Apr 1946 Medaglia di bronzo al valore militare

Career information

SANTORRE DI SANTAROSA (C.C. C.O.): from 03.01.1940 to 08.06.1940.
DES GENEYS (C.C. C.O.): from 24.06.1940 to 26.09.1940.
RUGGIERO SETTIMO (C.C. C.O.): from 27.09.1940 to 28.12.1940?
GOFFREDO MAMELI (C.C. C.O.): from 26.11.1940 to 28.11.1940.
GOFFREDO MAMELI (C.C. C.O.): from 09.12.1940 to 10.12.1940.

Commands listed for Antonio Cuzzaniti

Submarine Type Rank From To
Santorre Di Santarosa (SN)Ocean goingC.C.3 Jan 19408 Jun 1940
Des Geneys (DN)Ocean goingC.C.24 Jun 194026 Sep 1940
Goffredo Mameli (GM)Ocean goingC.C.26 Nov 194028 Nov 1940
Goffredo Mameli (GM)Ocean goingC.C.9 Dec 194010 Dec 1940
Goffredo Mameli (GM)Ocean goingC.C.11 Nov 194017 Dec 1940
Ruggiero Settimo (RS)Ocean goingC.C.27 Sep 194028 Dec 1940

Ships hit by Antonio Cuzzaniti

No ships hit by this Commander.

War patrols listed for Antonio Cuzzaniti

 SubmarineDateTimePortArr. dateArr. timeArr. portMilesDescription
Santorre Di Santarosa (SN)1 Jun 19400800Trapani1 Jun 19401515Trapani35Exercises.

Des Geneys (DN)3 Jul 19400818Fiume3 Jul 19401400Fiume48Exercises.

Des Geneys (DN)22 Jul 19400630Fiume22 Jul 19401750Fiume65Exercises.

Des Geneys (DN)26 Jul 19400843Fiume26 Jul 19401727Fiume58Exercises.

Des Geneys (DN)29 Jul 19400825Fiume29 Jul 19401102Fiume35Exercises.

Des Geneys (DN)1 Aug 19401319Fiume1 Aug 19401745Fiume17,6Exercises.

Des Geneys (DN)2 Aug 19400543Fiume2 Aug 19401100Fiume57Passage Fiume-Pola.

Des Geneys (DN)4 Aug 19400710Pola4 Aug 19401620Pola54,5Exercises.

Des Geneys (DN)8 Aug 19401218Pola8 Aug 19401706Pola27Exercises.

Des Geneys (DN)9 Aug 19400845Pola9 Aug 19401127Pola0,8Changed moorings?

Des Geneys (DN)11 Aug 19400136Pola12 Aug 19401125Brindisi363Passage Pola-Brindisi.

1.Des Geneys (DN)14 Aug 19401400Brindisi7 Sep 19401115Messina2256,34Patrolled Southwest of Crete. Between Gavdos and Cerigotto (Antikythera) islands: between 23°10'E meridian and meridian Gavdos Island, parallel Gavdos Island, parallel Cerigotto and Cerigotto-Agria.
  3 Sep 19401932-194535° 03'N, 23° 35'E
(0) 10 miles south of Cape Krio (Chania).
At 1932 hours, the submarine sighted an enemy formation at a distance of 7,000 metres. She closed the range to 2,000 metres and was about to carry an attack when the enemy ships altered course and went straight toward the submarine which had to go deep in a hurry to avoid being rammed and the opportunity was missed. This was probably Force A (Third Cruiser Squadron with the heavy cruiser HMS Kent, the light cruisers HMS Liverpool and HMS Gloucester escorted by the destroyers HMS Nubian and HMS Mohawk).

Des Geneys (DN)17 Sep 19400630Messina18 Sep 19400802Brindisi278Passage Messina-Brindisi.

Des Geneys (DN)19 Sep 19402300Brindisi21 Sep 19400900Pola362Passage Brindisi-Pola.

2.Goffredo Mameli (GM)10 Nov 19401655Messina13 Nov 19401616Messina566Patrolled southeast of Malta, within 20 miles from 35°30'N, 15°20'E on an NE-SW axis. Uneventful.

Ruggiero Settimo (RS)25 Nov 19400820Messina25 Nov 19401730Messina110Exercises.

Ruggiero Settimo (RS)26 Nov 19400830Messina26 Nov 19401640Messina54Exercises.

3.Goffredo Mameli (GM)26 Nov 19400030Messina28 Nov 19401822Messina530Patrolled southeast of Malta within 20 miles from 35°20'N, 16°00'E.
  27 Nov 19401928
(0) SE of Malta.
The submarine sighted several enemy destroyers at a distance of 500 metres. She attempted to fire her stern torpedoes (one 533mm and one 450mm), but the last destroyer in the formation appeared to rush toward her, she went deep to avoid being depth charged and the opportunity was missed.

Goffredo Mameli (GM)9 Dec 19400805Messina10 Dec 19401055Naples240Passage Messina-Naples. Then long refit.

19 entries. 19 total patrol entries (3 marked as war patrols) and 2 events.

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