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For Your Torpedo Bombing Pleasure…


I have nothing to say about Pearl Harbor today.  However, while researching a short article about the British attack against the Italian fleet anchorage at Taranto I found this article, which contends that the British attack should be seen as an operational and strategic failure.  While the Royal Navy did a lot of damage using very few resources, it failed to fully exploit a critical Italian vulnerability, and failed to capitalize on the damage that the attack caused.  It’s certainly an interesting argument; I think that a strong case could be made that the attack didn’t change Italian behavior very much, nor did it resolve the central British dilemma in the Mediterranean.

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