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Copyright. What is written it this site is the result of months (well, years is better) of reading and researches, so do not report my writings without asking my permission. Well, if you do it, probably I'll never know, so if you report my words at least give me the credit. As for technical data, they are public in content, not in the way they are reported in my pages so do not "cut and paste" them.
As for photographs, they are not copyrighted according to Italian law about copyright (see law 633/41 ), which states that pictures are copyrighted for 20 years (and only in some cases, say they are of artistic nature). In fact the pictures displayed here come from books (especially "Appello al mare!", 1939, Navy Ministry) and magazines ("La Domenica del Corriere") of War time or public archives, so you can display them for free, but, because it costed me time and money to find them, if you copy them from my site please give me the credit. When, near the photograph you want to reproduce, it is displayed a credit to another person you have to ask for permission to that person, not to me. As for pictures, they are made by me. If the picture reproduces a ship I started from the silhouette I found in some technical book: after copying it on a blank sheet I painted it and then I scanned it.
The models' pictures are scanned from the catalogue of Delphi Models (Rome).
The medal I used as a link to my awards' page is an award I received in 2001 from Military.com, which is an U.S. portal full of information on military resources. I asked to their advertising office for permission to use the medal (which is copyrighted by them) throughout the site and not only in my award page. They agreed, and so I displayed it. I used the medal for that "military" look it has, but I am proud of all my awards at the same level.
The logo you find in the index page and in the homepage, the one with the eagle, was found on the back of a 1939 book by Navy Ministry. The book was in a very bad condition, so I scanned the picture (at least the part which was not unreadable) and then "repaired" and repainted it. Considering the time I spent also for the hi-res one I used in the gifts' shop, I guess it costed me not less than 30 hours of work. The similar pictures of the logo you could find on the web are taken from here (I gave my permission to some webmasters).
The Mediterranean sea map you find in the historical section, also if it is not a masterpiece (during high school I was never among the "first of class" in Art), costed me a lot of time too, so do not copy the pictures, please.

Writing: As you might have probably guessed, English in not my native language. So I would kindly ask for to forgive my mistakes. I do realize that I could have used a spell checker, and actually I used it, but I use Italian software and not every application allow me to check spelling in English. Consequentially, sometimes I have to read my documents over and over again, dictionary in hand, and make the necessary corrections. Please, if you find major mistakes, report them to me. I will be very thankful.
A special thank to Mr. John Fluker who reported some words used improperly and who clarified to me some differences between varied English variants (UK, US, etc.)

Navigation. I tried to make site navigation as easy as possible. If you have any suggestions, please drop me a note. Every photo displayed here has the "ALT" HTML tag: this means that if you point it with your mouse cursor, in a moment it will be displayed a little writing: it can be the ship's name, or a brief description of the picture.

Geographical names. I have maintained almost always Italian names of Italian towns, of battles and Navy ranks. As for towns and geographical names, I'd like better to maintain them in Italian: they are not so much, it is sufficient to remember that Venezia is Venice, Genova is Genoa, Napoli is Naples, Capo is Cape (beware: Italians write "Capo Matapan" and you write "Matapan Cape") and Punta is Point (as in Punta Stilo = Stilo Point).

Technical data. In the warships' statistics the draught factor is to be intended in full load conditions. In the weapons (armament) section the guns are reported first by number and then, separated by the symbol -, by two numbers (e.g. 152/40) where the first is the caliber in millimeters, while the second is the length of the gun in calibers. If you use inches there is no problem: just remind that an inch is 25.4 millimeters, so a 381 mm gun is a 381/25.4 = 15 inch gun. The speed factor is that obtained in trials, if not stated differently on the statistic.

HTML code: for the first version of the site I used Macromedia Dreamweaver 1.0 ©. For the current version I used HTML-kit © a great free software; for the pictures I used Paint Shop Pro 7.0 ©.

Miscellaneous. Do not forget to see my awards page, and remember to sign my guestbook. Please, remember I am lazy and I don't read it often, so if you have any question email me directly.


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Arnaldo on a dromedary

Commanding the only ship I ever commanded... Well, actually it was a Sahara desert ship and it was decidedly inclined to mutiny, but the little boy who took the photo managed to tow me to the nearest oasis. By the way, a friend of mine suggests me to say I am the one on the right...

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