Taranto and Taranto Night

The Battle of Taranto, on the night of November 11th/12th November, 1940 was an innovatory and pivotal action. It favourably altered the balance of power in the Mediterranean, supported the North African campaign, gave the Japanese the blueprint for the attack on Pearl Harbour and began the inexorable decline in importance of the capital ship in favour of the aircraft carrier. A remarkable success story both for the Fleet Air Arm and also the legendary aircraft that went on to serve us so well throughout the war, the Fairey Swordfish. It is rightly celebrated annually around the globe wherever Fleet Air Arm servicemen and women gather.