Luigi Rizzo (1887 – 1951)



Luigi Rizzo was an Italian admiral. In February 1918, together with Gabriele D'Annunzio and Costanzo Ciano, he took part in the ‘Beffa di Buccari’, obtaining the fourth Silver Medal of Military Valour. On 10 June 1918, off the coast of Premuda, he attacked and sank the battleship Szent Istvan. For this mission he was decorated with the Cross of Knight of the Military Order. In 1919 he voluntarily joined the “Fiume cause”. His personal prestige enabled him to do a great deal of propaganda within the navy and merchant navy, gave him insight into the moves of the Italian navy and enabled him to guarantee that supplies reached Fiume even when the city was entirely blockaded by land and sea.

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