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Stringbags in Action (Hardback)

WWII Naval Warfare WWII

By Vice Admiral BB Schofield
Imprint: Pen & Sword Maritime
Pages: 208
ISBN: 9781848843882
Published: 9th February 2011

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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)

About Vice Admiral BB Schofield

Vice Admiral BB Schofield had a distinguished naval career serving in both World Wars. He was closely involved in the planning of naval operations for D-Day and his insider view is told in Operation NEPTUNE (republished by Pen and Sword Maritime in 2008). He died in 1984. His daughter Victoria Schofield, the leading biographer and author, lives in West London.

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