Battle of the Espero convoy. Part 8



Battle of the Espero convoy. Part 8


In a turbulent sea, a raft is capsizing, throwing all of the men into the sea. Some of the men are already in the water with hands raised in the air. Some are wearing life jackets.

Label reads “14”; signed by the author; caption reads “(8) … così comincio l’odissea di questa zattera sperduta sul mare, altri naufraghi si trovarono, quella notte e all’alba, si potettero contare; erano 36 aggrappati alla zattera o sedutivi sopra. Un ufficiale, che era tra questi, ordinò che i sani a turno, stessero in acqua, finchè reggevano loro le forze, per far posto sulla zattera ai feriti, e agli ammalati, che non erano pochi, e trè volte nei cambi il legno sì rovesciò, e taluni trà i feriti annegarono…”

Caption translates as: “(8)… So began the odyssey of this raft, lost at sea. Other survivors were found that night and at sunrise. We could count them: 36 of them were holding onto the raft, others were on board. One of the officers among them had ordered the uninjured men to take turns to remain in the water, to allow the many wounded and ill ones to sit on the raft. In the process, the raft capsized three times. Some of the injured drowned…”

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Angiolino Filiputti, “Battle of the Espero convoy. Part 8,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed June 24, 2024,

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