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Regia Marina ROMA

Regia Marina ROMA Book Review

By Stephen Sutton

Date of Review November 2011 Title Regia Marina ROMA
Author Steve Wiper Publisher Classic Warships Publishing
Published 2011 ISBN 978-0-9823583-8-2
Format 72 pages, softbound MSRP (USD) $18.00


Steve Wiper of Classic Warships has released another in a series of warship pictorial books, this time he brings us the Regina Marina ROMA the Italian Battleship.  The Italians are known for their sleek Italian sports cars such as the Ferrari, Lamborghini,Pagani, and Cizeta, this battleship would fall into that same category of magnificent warships as being well balanced in appearance and having graceful lines. 

This class of battleship was designed to be fast, as with all Italian warships, known for their extreme high speeds.  This very handy reference pictorial book is loaded with 96 black and white photographs and illustrations and many of these have never been published before of the ROMA and her sister ships.  A two page general history of the ROMA is presented from its design and construction to its sinking with the German Fritz-X guided bomb.  Included are many close up photos for modelers along with a three color profile the back cover. 

Included are some film stills taken from a German bomber showing the Fritz-X attacking the ROMA.  Considering all the research involved with constructing this book, it is well worth the cost and I highly recommend it for your library.

Thanks goes out to Steve Wiper of for the review sample!