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Taranto under attack!

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Topic: Taranto under attack!
Posted By: pampa14
Subject: Taranto under attack!
Date Posted: 03 Dec 2014 at 19:00

On the night of November 11, 1940, the Royal Navy launched the Operation Judgement against the Italian port of Taranto. This famous operation was the first planned attack against ships launched from aircraft carriers and was the seed aircraft to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour, a year later. The following link provides a full report with photos and information about this famous military operation of WW2. I hope you enjoy it and I count on your visit." rel="nofollow -

Posted By: fantasus
Date Posted: 03 Dec 2014 at 20:47
Reasonable for the british to attack the weaker member of the axis powers, at their vulnerable flank in hte Meditteranean, where they furthermore had the advantage of superior naval power. Perhaps some of the same reasons as behind the campaign in Norway a little more than a half before.

Posted By: Captain Vancouver
Date Posted: 04 Dec 2014 at 12:23
This date also essentially marked the watershed between the dominance of battleships, and that of air power in naval conflict. Although, as is usual in history, it took a few years for the lesson to sink in. Battleships continued to be built throughout the 1940s, culminating in the Yamato, a Japanese icon, that was more or less ritually sacrificed in the last dying moments of WW2, and done so to air power.

The US continued to maintain some battleships in reserve for quite some time. The last gasp of the battleship came when President Reagan insisted that some be brought out of reserve (some speculate that he was day dreaming about past movies he was in, rather than current briefings by defense specialists), and drafted into use to project US interests. They did so, with little effect, and disastrously in the case of the 1983 Lebanon events, after a suicide attack on US marines, blasting away at targets in populated areas, with little effect than to kill civilians, further alienate public opinion in that part of the world.

Today we are undergoing another technological revolution, one in which previously accepted instruments of power will be altered in value, to perhaps a disconcerting degree. History will tell us how this plays out.

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