World Battlefronts: Queen & Valiant

Through the eyes of its own and German reconnaissance pilots, the Italian High Command looked around the edges of the Mediterranean and made a startling claim: Rome radio said that the Queen Elizabeth and Valiant, 30,600-ton battleships of the Queen Elizabeth class, had been seriously damaged by the Italian Navy. More than that, said Rome, the Valiant was still in dry dock after six months of repairs and the Queen Elizabeth "will require some time before repairs are completed." Knowing that the Italians were fishing for news, Britain kept mum.


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