The `Raimondo Montecculi'

The `Raimondo Monteccucoli', seen here from the midships for'ard was a modern cruiser which visited China and Australia in 1938 for the national Sesquicentennary celebrations. Built to evade the strictures against the building of capital ships, she was received with protests in Australia, the reception in Melbourne being the largest antiwar rally of the interwar period. She demonstrated the commitment of the regime to asserting her status as a Mediterranean power. Her very name, in honour of a Renaissance Italian fieldmarshal in the service of the Hapsburgs, emphasised notions of an Italian military tradition and national greatness.

Photo from `Jane's Fighting Ships'