On the night of November 11, 1940, 21 biplanes from a Royal Navy aircraft carrier launched a surprise attack on the Italian fleet anchored in the port of Taranto. The Italian ships were protected by anti-torpedo nets, barrage balloons and anti-aircraft defenses. They were thought to be virtually immune to air attack.
ROYAL SWORDFISH TAKE TARANTO reveals how, in less than two hours, the lumbering torpedo bombers were able to sink or disable three battleships and several cruisers, and severely damage the port installations--while losing just two aircraft and four men. It was a raid that not only revolutionized naval warfare, but also changed the course of history. Following this innovative use of the aircraft carrier, the Japanese Imperial Fleet decided to use the same method to launch an assault on the American Fleet in Pearl Harbor. GREATEST RAIDS reveals the details behind the grand pl
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