Attack on Taranto

Thomas Lowry, John Wellham

 
Publication date:
November 2017
Publisher :
Stackpole Books
Language:
English
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Paperback
ISBN : 9780811726610

Dimensions : 230 X 151 mm
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Overview
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On November 11, 1940, 21 slow, canvas-covered British warplanes, launched from the carrier Illustrious, attacked the harbor at the Italian port of Taranto and put most of the Italian navy out of commission. This all-but-forgotten operation, the authors argue, deserves historical recognition as an inspirational precedent for the Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor 13 months later. Taranto demonstrated that battleships in a shallow, heavily defended harbor could be sunk by a handful of torpedo-bombers. That lesson Adm. Isoroku Yamamoto, commander-in-chief of the Japanese fleet, learned well-while the American military virtually ignored it.

"By this single stroke the balance of naval power in the Mediterranean was decisively altered.” - Winston S. Churchill