Stringbags in Action (Kindle)
Admiral Schofield's accounts of the Taranto and Bismarck battles make for unforgettable reading.
The author traces the development of British naval aviation from its early beginnings in 1912, through the First World War and the frustrations of the inter-war years. The November 1940 attack on the Italian fleet in its strongly defended base at Taranto demonstrated for the first time the battle-winning capability of carrier-borne aircraft – from HMS Illustrious. The lesson was quickly learnt by the Japanese who just over a year later inflicted such devastating losses on the American Pacific fleet at Pearl Harbour.
In the second part the Author recounts the legendary action that culminated in the sinking of the Bismarck. While this action involved large numbers of Royal Navy ships, not least the battle cruiser Hood sunk with terrible loss of life, the Rodney, Prince of Wales and numerous cruisers, aircraft from Ark Royal and Victorious played a pivotal role.
No two naval actions better demonstrate the early use of air power.
The most complete description of the strike on Taranto that I have ever read. This book is an extremely well written account of two of the most important sea battle of World War II containing very relevant information of the dispositions of the total forces and contrasting effectiveness of the tactics and weapons used. A most complete book about Naval Air and Surface Warfare.Fleet Air Arm Officers Association - Nov 2011
Admiral Schofield wrote a number of fine naval historical works and Stringbags in Action combines two of these in one volume. Tracing the development of British naval aviation from its early beginnings in 1912 and then through the first world war and inter-years, Schofield brilliantly describes the early yet devastating use of naval air power, not forgetting the courage of the crews of the vulnerable Swordfish big planes, making his graphic and informed accounts a piece of unforgettable reading. Naval and aviation enthusiasts will revel in this 'two for the price of one' offer, which offers daring, explosive naval aviation action.Andrew (Customer Review)