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"HUMAN TORPEDO" Public Gardens Tip by balhannah

Public Gardens, Taormina: 7 reviews and 16 photos

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Located in the city garden park at Taormina, there is a manned or Human Torpedo on display. It has an information board beside it which I presume was written in Italian. I wonder if anybody can translate from the photo.
This area of the park, near the Villa Comunale, is an area to remember the Dead and the wars, so I saw some Memorial's, and the Olive Tree row of Rememberance.

The Torpedo was very interesting. They were secret Naval weapons used in World War II. The photo showed that it would have been riden by two men in diving suits riding astride the Torpedo. They steered the torpedo at slow speed to the enemy ship where detachable warhead was then used as a limpet mine. They then rode the torpedo away, hoping not to be caught. They were used for attacking many ships in the Mediterranean that were in enemy harbours.

The Italian Maiale was an electrically propelled human torpedo, that carried two men. A normal Submarine would carry them to the target, and then launch them, this was usually during the night.
It was nicknamed by the Italian's "The Pig."

I would like to know the history of the one on display.

Address: Taormina city gardens

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Oct 18, 2011
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