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Attack on Taranto
     

Attack on Taranto

by Thomas P. Lowry
 
When carrier-launched Japanese bombers struck Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, there were at least a few who were not surprised. They had seen it all before. In November 1940, in a series of striking parallels, British carrier-launched planes virtually put the Italian fleet out of World War II for good. Never before has there been a thorough study of the attack on

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When carrier-launched Japanese bombers struck Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, there were at least a few who were not surprised. They had seen it all before. In November 1940, in a series of striking parallels, British carrier-launched planes virtually put the Italian fleet out of World War II for good. Never before has there been a thorough study of the attack on Taranto made available for the popular audience. Thomas P. Lowry has devoted years of research in Britain and elsewhere to the subject and John W. G. Wellham is one of the surviving Fleet Air Arm pilots who flew the raid. Between them, Lowry and Wellham have created a model study of men, machines, and nations all bound together on the road to making history.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
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. The book includes an instructive comparison of the ways Japanese and Americans reacted to Taranto and a fine summary of the origin and development of carrier doctrine. The account of the 1940 raid itself is detailed and suspenseful. Lowry is the author of The Story Soldiers Wouldn't Tell: Sex in the Civil War; Wellham, who flew in the Taranto raid, is the author of With Naval Wings: The Autobiography of a Fleet Air Pilot in World War II. Illustrations. (Aug.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780811726610
Publisher:
Stackpole Books
Publication date:
08/01/2000
Pages:
2
Product dimensions:
6.02(w) x 9.05(h) x 0.59(d)

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