Dan Snow's History Hit

History! The most exciting and important things that have ever happened on the planet! Featuring reports from the weird and wonderful places around the world where history has been made and interviews with some of the best historians writing today. Dan also covers some of the major anniversaries as they pass by and explores the deep history behind today's headlines - giving you the context to understand what is going on today.



The Battle of Taranto

Dan visits the Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton, in Somerset, England to gain a unique insight into the Battle of Taranto. He talks to Lt. Simon Wilson, the Royal Navy’s lead Swordfish pilot, views some extraordinary documents and takes a flight in a Swordfish bi-plane.

The Battle of Taranto took place on the night of 11–12 November 1940 during the Second World War between British naval forces, under Admiral Andrew Cunningham, and Italian naval forces, under Admiral Inigo Campioni. The Royal Navy launched the first all-aircraft ship-to-ship naval attack in history, launching a small number of obsolescent biplane torpedo bombers from the aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious (R87) in the Mediterranean Sea.

Further information

Royal Navy Historical Flight

Recommended reading: The War in a Stringbag

The companion short film which Dan presents is entitled ‘Taranto 75‘ you really don’t want to miss it!

Episode photos are available at historyhitpodcast.com/taranto75

Presented by Dan Snow @thehistoryguy

Produced by Dan Morelle @danmorelle


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