ORIGINAL: brian brian
ahhh, yes Taranto somewhat ended the war for the RM, good job there. I'll have to re-read on Matapan, I thought that was the CA vs CA battle. reinforcing Malta were the actions I was thinking of in that perhaps the Axis could have accomplished more losing their planes attacking Malta itself? I need to learn more on the Regia Aeronautica....I thought the Luftwaffe were the Axis champions of not-coordinating with their Navy.
When I command the RN in WiF I send all the British CVs to the Med, probably more than the real Brits did. And many a British player makes Pearl Taranto their first decision of the war, though they are looking for TRS, not BB, having that wonderful hindsight of history to guide them...
now I can peek at some other candidates for #5 then.
Matapan is a perfect example of what Aquila could have achieved.
The RN aircraft took out Vittorio Veneto (although she was subsequently able to escape) unlike the cruiser Pola, which was stopped dead in the water. When the Italians sent two cruisers to assist her, they were battered by RN battleships.
The point is a) the sole Italian battleship had to withdraw through being torpedoed, and b) the British surface ships were able to destroy the Italian heavy cruisers thanks to earlier damage inflicted by naval aircraft.
< Message edited by warspite1 -- 10/30/2012 10:30:41 PM >
22nd November 1944 - The British Pacific Fleet is born (temporary avatar changes to commemorate the ships and aircraft).