Taranto 1940

The Fleet Air Arm’s precursor to Pearl Harbor

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Taranto 1940

The Fleet Air Arm’s precursor to Pearl Harbor

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The Royal Navy's stunning attack on Taranto in 1940 heralded a new age of warfare. It was the decisive moment in a struggle for dominance of the Mediterranean that had gone on for months, as the British and Italian navies both looked to secure maritime supply routes for their colonies. With the enormous demands of a global war beginning to tell, the British capital ships were simply too thinly spread for a large fleet action against Taranto, where the bulk of the Italian fleet lay menacingly. How was the Royal Navy to eliminate the threat of the Regia Marina?

This is the story of one of World War II's most devastating raids, recounting how a handful of obsolete Fairy Swordfish biplanes swooped in on the harbour, destroyed an Italian battleship and badly damaged two more. With expert analysis, detailed colour illustrations and a gripping narrative, this book explains the origins of the attack, how it was planned and executed, and what happened in the aftermath. Uncover the details of a strike that reverberated around the world and changed war at sea forever.

Table of Contents

Origins of the campaign /Chronology /Opposing commanders /Opposing armies /Orders of battle /Opposing plans /The operation /Aftermath /The battlefields today /Further reading /Index

Product details

Published Nov 17 2015
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 96
ISBN 9781472808967
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 60 b/w; 22 col
Dimensions 10 x 7 inches
Series Campaign
Short code CAM 288
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Angus Konstam

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