Alberto Da Zara

Alberto Da Zara
Born 8 April 1889
Died 4 June 1951 (1951-06-05) (aged 62)
Allegiance  Kingdom of Italy
Service/branch  Regia Marina
Years of service 1907-1946
Rank Ammiraglio di squadra

Alberto Da Zara' (8 April 1889 4 June 1951) was an Italian admiral of the Regia Marina.


Born at Padua, he joined it in 1907 and fought aboard battleships in the Italo-Turkish War and the First World War. In the inter-war years he alternated between commanding torpedo boats and cruisers and acting as a naval commander in the Aegean Sea and the Far East. He became an admiral in 1939 and after some minor commands early in World War II he led 7th Naval Division, playing a major part in the Battle of Pantelleria. After the Italian armistice with the Allies, he was interned on Malta.

He died at Foggia in 1951.


Alberto's father was a former cavalry officer and his brother Guido died fighting in Croatia as a cavalry officer on 16 February 1943 while commanding the Cavalleggeri di Alessandria regiment.[1] Da Zara never married, but he won the nickname latin lover by his conduct in high society in Italy and the Far East - during his time in China, his conquests seem to have included Wallis Simpson,[2] future wife of King Edward VIII.


Guardiamarina (1911), Sottotenente di Vascello (1913), Tenente di Vascello (1915), Capitano di Corvetta (1923), Capitano di Fregata (1927), Capitano di Vascello (1933), Contrammiraglio (1939), Ammiraglio di Divisione (1941), Ammiraglio di Squadra (1944).



  1. M. Mattioli, op. cit. pag. 24.
  2. A. Da Zara, op. cit. page 183.


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