March 26, 1941: "explosive boats" force the bay of Suda

(To Marina Militare)

March 26th is the heroic act carried out in 1941, during the Second World War, with the assault vehicles of the Italian Navy called barchini which, contemptuous of the danger and with extraordinary skill and seafaring skill, attacked British naval units parked in the Protected bay of Suda, on the island of Crete.

Despite the adverse weather conditions, the operation was successfully completed and led to the sinking of the British cruiser Y and damage to the Greek pre-tanker Pericles.

We remember this feat for the audacity and courage of our sailors, who dared to violate a highly fortified enemy base, putting their safety at risk with the utmost spirit of sacrifice.

The action of Suda is told in the film of the 1954 "Human Siluri", produced by Carlo Ponti and De Laurentiis, with the technical and historical assistance of Admiral Bragadin.