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  1. Hello, the launch card for Trento reads in black CAPITALS serif font- CANTIERI NAVALI ORLANDO SOCIETA ANONIMA LIVORNO VARO DELLA R.N.TRENTO 4 SETTEMBRE 1927 ANNO V. Plus a badge each for Livorno, Trento and Fascist Italy all in colour. Inside the 4 page card, 100mm x 168mm is an artist impression of Trento which is fairly representative as completed. Yes, the sabotage using sand on the slipway was not new and had been done elsewhere. Launch delays were quite common through many causes. Regards. Sean.
  2. The image includes four Royal Navy ships of Force A Eastern Fleet in the Indian Ocean mid July 1942 whilst preparing for operation Stab. From nearest to furthest is cruiser Birmingham, carrier Formidable, battleship Warspite and carrier Illustrious. Note how well Warspite's camouflage works with Illustrious beyond. There are at least four destroyers in the screen out of frame. The reason Mauritius is mentioned is it was from her the photograph was taken. Apologies for publishing in English in this Italian forum, translation is not accurate for me so i hope my future contributions will be accepted.
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