Battle of the Espero convoy. Part 5



Battle of the Espero convoy. Part 5


The badly damaged operations room of destroyer Espero, with a gaping hole in the ship's side and pieces of machinery engulfed in smoke. Five men are visible in total, three officers dressed in white uniforms and two seamen in blue with red stripes and with an emblem on the sleeve of their right arms. All three officers and one soldier appear to be dead whilst the remaining soldier looks on.

Label reads “11”; signed by the author; caption reads “(5) … uno di essi LO MASTRO, 2o capocannoniere racconta: dal deposito non ci arrivavano più munizioni consumammo tutti i colpi della riservetta, telefonai al direttore di tiro, nessuno rispondeva, aiutante e direttore morti, la nave era quasi ferma, e gli inglesi ormai a meno di 6000 metri sparavano ancora; scesi in sala nautica, gli ufficiali di rotta e segnalazione tutti morti, giacevano al suolo coperti di sangue, contornati da scheggie e da rottami di strumenti…”

Caption translates as: “(5)… one of them, Second Chief Gunner Lo Mastro, reports: “ammunition was not delivered from the magazine, we used up the small deck storage, I rang the firing director, but no one answered. The directors and his assistants were dead, the vessel almost still; the British were less than six thousand metres away, still firing. I went down to the operations room; the navigator, officers and signalling officers were all lying on the floor covered in blood, surrounded by splinters and parts of instruments. They were dead.”

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Angiolino Filiputti, “Battle of the Espero convoy. Part 5,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed April 21, 2024,

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