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battle of Taranto

Overview page. Subjects: Second World War — British History.

1940.

On 11 November 1940, 21 Swordfish aircraft from HMS Illustrious launched a torpedo attack at night on the Italian fleet at anchor off Taranto. Two aircraft were lost but...

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battle of the River Plate

Overview page. Subjects: Second World War — British History.

1939.

A German ‘pocket battleship’, Graf Spee, heavily armoured, with 11‐inch guns, sinking British merchant ships in the South Atlantic, was attacked on 13 December 1939 by three...

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