(From Rivista Marittima. May, 1913)
"All big guns!” has been our cry for the past ten years, prior to which the armament of ships consisted of many guns of small and intermediate caliber and only four of large caliber.
The reasoning that brought us to this policy, which in former years appeared strange but is now universally accepted, was similar to that which leads us to propose another radical reform in the armament of such ships.
At that time the type of battleship was almost standardized and there was such a perfect balance between the offensive power of the intermediate calibers with a few 305 mm. (12-inch) guns, and the defensive power of the very extensive light armor and the heavy armor in the most vital parts, that we assumed that there would be a very great expenditure of ammunition before a decisive victory could be gained by one of the two fleets engaged in a battle.