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08-09-2005, 08:02 AM
This is a discussion thread for the following file:<br><br><b><a href=http://www.googleearthhacks.com/dlfile3139/Taranto.htm>Taranto</a></b><br><br>A reconnaissance picture of the Taranto, a base of the Italian Navy, during WWII.<br />
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The naval Battle of Taranto took place on the night of 11 November 12 November 1940 during World War II. The Royal Navy launched the first all-aircraft naval battle in history, flying a small number of aircraft from a single aircraft carrier in the Mediterranean and attacking the Italian fleet at Taranto. Britain won the battle in what pundits around the world saw as the end of the &quot;big gun&quot; ship and the rise of naval air power.<br />
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It had been previously thought that torpedo attacks against ships required deep water, at least 100 ft (30 m). Taranto had a water depth of only 40 ft (12 m). However the Royal Navy used modified torpedoes, and also dropped them from a very low height. This aspect of the raid, and others, served as the major inspiration for the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, and it was heavily studied during their planning.<br><br><img src=http://www.googleearthhacks.com/images/new/080505/800736taranto.jpg>