Teseo Tesei


Teseo Tesei
Teseo Tesei
Teseo Tesei.jpg
Born 1909
Elba, Italy
Died July 26, 1941
Malta
Allegiance Italy Italy
Service/branch Regia Marina (Italian Royal Navy)
Years of service ? - 1941
Rank Major
Unit StemmaXMAS.jpg Decima Flottiglia MAS
Battles/wars

World War II

Awards Gold Medal for Military Honor (posthumous)

Major Teseo Tesei (Elba, 1909 - Malta, July 26, 1941) was an Italian naval officer, who invented the human torpedo (called "Maiale", the Italian for "pig") used by the Regia Marina during World War II.

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Life

  • 1929: Teseo Tesei had the idea of the manned torpedo, from the Italian device used to sink the Austrian Battleship Viribus Unitis during World War I, and invented for the Italian Regia Marina what was later called the Maiale.
  • 1931: He entered the Naval Academy of Livorno, where he showed his inventive capabilities. Together with Elios Toschi he designed a human torpedo called Siluro a lenta corsa (SLC), later nicknamed the Maiale (Italian for "pig", because it proved to be difficult to steer).
  • 1936: He improved the attack performance of his creation, the "Maiale", using an enhanced system (that he invented) to breathe under water for two hours. The SLC was extensively used in World War II by the Italian Navy, and obtained even the sinking [1] of two British battleships in Alexandria. The British developed another kind of manned torpedo, called "Chariot", from one of his "Maiali" captured.
  • 1938: He was one of the officers with Prince Valerio Borghese who organized the Decima Flottiglia MAS.
  • 21 August 1940: Tesei was the only survivor when the Italian submarine Iride was sunk (see Decima Flottiglia MAS#1940).
  • 26 July 1941: Tesei died riding a manned torpedo attacking Malta (see Decima Flottiglia MAS#1941). Teseo Tesei was posthumously awarded the Italian Gold Medal for Military Honor for this military action.

The modern Italian commando frogmen group COMSUBIN (Comando Raggruppamento Subacquei ed Incursori Teseo Tesei) is named after him.

See also

References

  • Historical Diving Times, pp 6–11, issue 39. ISSN 1368-0390

Bibliography

  • Greene, Jack The Black Prince and the Sea Devils: The Story of Valerio Borghese and the Elite Units of the Decima Mas. Da Capo Press. Cambridge/Mass., 2004 ISBN 0-306-81311-4
  • Schofield, William. Frogmen First Battles. New York, 2000 ISBN 0-8283-2088-8

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