At a time when Britain was standing alone against the axis powers, victories were scarce. In the Mediterranean, however, the Italian fleet was poorly led. On 28 March 1941, a British fleet under Vice‐Admiral Pridham‐Wippell encountered the Italians off Cape Matapan. In an action characterized by the use of carrier‐borne aircraft and radar, the British sank three of Italy's latest cruisers and two destroyers.
Subjects: British History.