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on 3 March 2014
According to Ross Kemp,the Tarranto attack was on the front page of the Times and other newspapers.
Other newspapers put it on the front page,but not the Times.The Times had ads on the front page,not news.
He mentions an aircraft called the Me 111.
I think he meant the He 111,but could have meant the Me 110.
He says that MB was known as Mike Bravo,but that is the NATO phonetic alphabet.During the Second World War the Royal Navy used a different system.M was Monkey and B was Beer.
He wrote of the Italian navy's modern ships,but does not mention that although they had modern ships,they did not have a modern navy.
Their ships had to be attacked in port because their officers were reluctant to risk them at sea.They were at a great disadvantage at sea because they had no aircraft carriers.Which is not mentioned by Mr.Kemp.
He is also an admirer of Italian aircraft.
Early in the War Malta was defended by three Gloster Gladiator biplanes.Against the Luftwaffe they would have had no chance,but they were adequate against Italian aircraft.The Italians still believed there was a place for the manouverable biplane in modern warfare.They had no heavy bombers.One of the bombers they did have was billed as the World's fastest bomber,but when it had bombs and guns and a full crew in it,it became so useless that it was just left on airfields,hoping the British would attack them,not the ones they atually used.They did build dive bombers or torpedo bombers.