Italian submarines in World War Two

Italian Commanders

Carlo Zanchi

Born  1 May 1905Trieste
Died   1995(89)Rome


  T.V.Tenente di Vascello


7 Nov 1941 Medaglia d'argento al valore militare
30 Dec 1942 Medaglia di bronzo al valore militare
12 Apr 1946 Medaglia di bronzo al valore militare
12 Apr 1946 Medaglia di bronzo al valore militare

Career information

UARSCIEK (T.V. C.O.): from 10.03.1940 to to 09.10.1940.
AMMIRAGLIO MILLO (T.V. C.O.): from 28.12.1941 to 31.12.1941 (return trip Tripoli-Taranto, replacing C.C. Murzi, injured in a car accident).

Commands listed for Carlo Zanchi

Submarine Type Rank From To
Uarsciek (UR)Coastal / Sea goingT.V.10 Mar 1940
Ammiraglio Millo (EM)Ocean goingT.V.28 Dec 194131 Dec 1941

Ships hit by Carlo Zanchi

No ships hit by this Commander.

War patrols listed for Carlo Zanchi

 SubmarineDateTimePortArr. dateArr. timeArr. portMilesDescription
1.Uarsciek (UR)8 Jun 19401610Taranto21 Jun 19400637GallipoliPatrolled south of Cephalonia, within 5 miles from 38°00'N, 20°26'E and Bay of Argostoli, then refit. Only neutral vessels sighted.

2.Uarsciek (UR)21 Jun 19401501Gallipoli21 Jun 19401830Taranto841Passage Gallipoli-Taranto.

Uarsciek (UR)26 Aug 19400735Taranto26 Aug 19401525Taranto45Exercises.

Uarsciek (UR)27 Aug 19401340Taranto27 Aug 19401816Taranto29Exercises.

Uarsciek (UR)28 Aug 19401335Taranto28 Aug 19401914Taranto45Exercises.

Uarsciek (UR)3 Sep 19401030Taranto3 Sep 19401140Taranto1Changed anchorage.

Uarsciek (UR)4 Sep 19400645Taranto4 Sep 19401259Taranto26Exercises.

Uarsciek (UR)5 Sep 19401525Taranto5 Sep 19401545Taranto0,3Changed anchorage.

3.Uarsciek (UR)6 Sep 19402325Taranto22 Sep 19401815Benghazi600Patrolled between Sidi Barrani and Mersa Matruh, between 32°20'N and Egyptian coast, and between 26°00'E and 26°40'E, on a patrol line with Ondina. Cut short because several members fell sick and one later died. Caused by mercury poisoning (first symptom at 0830 hours on the 15th).
  7 Sep 19402050
(0) 138° - Cape Colonne - 14 miles.
At 2050 hours, a destroyer was sighted arriving at full speed, this was the Italian destroyer Granatiere who sighted Uarsciek at a distance of 5,000 metres and mistook her for an enemy submarine of the PHOENIX or REGULUS class. The destroyer and attempted to ram the submarine after firing two salvoes from her forward guns and was joined by Bersagliere who also opened fire. The Italian warships were part of the advance screening force for the battleships Littorio, Cavour and Giulio Cesare.

Uarsciek crash dived to 90 meters, while Granatiere dropped six depth-charges and the submarine had minor damages. Part of the blame was on Uarsciek who was very slow at clearing Cape Colonne, having submerged since 1300 hours. Granatiere was reported to have avoided two torpedoes fired from the submarine but, this was not the case. There was no immediate realisation of the error and the destroyers Fuciliere and Alpino were sent to hunt the submarine.

4.Ammiraglio Millo (EM)28 Dec 19411730Tripoli31 Dec 19411230Taranto1268Return trip from supply mission to Tripoli [mileage is for round trip].
  31 Dec 19410207At 0207 hours, a shadow was sighted and was believed to be a submarine. Millo took avoiding action.

10 entries. 10 total patrol entries (4 marked as war patrols) and 2 events.

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