Battle of the Espero convoy. Part 9



Battle of the Espero convoy. Part 9


An Italian seaplane flies over a life raft with six people on board. Two white pieces of cloth are flying from posts. A distress flare has been fired into the sky and is exploding. Two people are sitting, whilst four others are standing and waving, one with a piece of red material in his hand.

Label reads “15”; signed by the author; caption reads “(9) … passò il primo giorno, il secondo cì accorgemmo, che un’altra zattera navigava non lontano da noi, la raggiungemmo. A bordo erano in 25, si cercò di stare uniti, di legare i due natanti, ma ci si accorse del pericolo, che si rompessero le casse d’aria, si rinunciò, fù molto penosa questa seconda giornata, molti feriti della battaglia morirono, di sete, o dissanguati, o uccisi dal sole, e dalla stanchezza. In tutte due le zattere la situazione era tragica…”

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Angiolino Filiputti, “Battle of the Espero convoy. Part 9,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed March 5, 2024,

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