For me this is one of the enduring and least talked about aspects of the entire Second World War. The Regia Marina was consistently undersupplied with naval fuel oil by their German 'allies'. The Italians made several attempts to rectify this situation, pointing out that more fuel would have allowed them a much wider operational scope, more sorties by their battle units, and may well have tipped the balance in the central and eastern Med. There are many Royal Navy inspired myths about the Italian Navy in WW2, chiefly that the Italians had no 'stomach' for fighting. The Germans, particularly Erwin Rommel, were of the same basic opinion, even though the figures for number of troops and supplies reaching Rommel were good. I will provide such figures for the purpose of this discussion, should we get any replys at all....but, basically, troops and supplies WERE reaching North African shores in sufficient numbers. It was certainly not the fault of the Regia Marina that much of it was squandered by Rommel's recklessness, or his insistence that Egypt and Suez were the prize to aim for, rather than CRUSHING MALTA, as the Italian high command, and incidently Mussolini, begged him to do. Radar is another issue that gave the Regia Marina the short end of the stick. German seaborne radar sets (Seetackt) were produced in more than sufficient quantities to fully equip the Italian surface fleet, but like most other material requests made by Italy to Germany, they were turned down, blinding the Regia Marina and reducing their tactical efficiency, particularly their fire control. Rommel tended to 'hog' all of the airpower for his own operations, and who can forget him pinching Italian transport after 2nd El Alemain, dooming many Italian units to be swept up by the 8th Army? So....what do the forum members feel, with our pooled resources and wide opinion base? Agree or disagree? I feel that, based on the performance by the Italian navy with what they had, it would have had a major effect, reversing Rommel's so called 'poor' supply situation, galvanising Italian army units, and decisively swinging the Desert War, and prolonging the war in general by many months, even years. I don't need to tell forum members of the Importance of Iraqi oil to the Allied war effort, or to stopping the principle supply route of Lend Lease to Russia. A better fuel supply and better technology could have made all the difference......What say you, fellow members and friends?