Taranto 75

#1
Very disappointed to note that the RN have not made more of 75th Anniversary of the Taranto Raid. In fact, they don't seem to have made anything of it unless I've missed something.

I shall be quietly raising a glass to the very brave Stringbag (and RAF Maryland) crews involved and hope that one of the RNHF Swordfish will be doing something somewhere.

Regards,
MM
 
#2
Very disappointed to note that the RN have not made more of 75th Anniversary of the Taranto Raid. In fact, they don't seem to have made anything of it unless I've missed something.

I shall be quietly raising a glass to the very brave Stringbag (and RAF Maryland) crews involved and hope that one of the RNHF Swordfish will be doing something somewhere.

Regards,
MM
Havent got the RAF PR budget :(
 
#3
Very disappointed to note that the RN have not made more of 75th Anniversary of the Taranto Raid. In fact, they don't seem to have made anything of it unless I've missed something.

I shall be quietly raising a glass to the very brave Stringbag (and RAF Maryland) crews involved and hope that one of the RNHF Swordfish will be doing something somewhere.

Regards,
MM

Are you aware of this?

http://www.arrse.co.uk/community/threads/battle-of-taranto-short-film.246574/

Nice to see at least one of the old girls still airworthy.
 
#4
Havent got the RAF PR budget :(
Not sure about budget but contrary to popular belief, the RAF media staff is the smallest of the 3 services.

However, it shouldn't need much money to get some air time on National TV and take Sophie Raworth or similar up in one of the Stringbags. However, perhaps Remembrance saturates public interest. Or perhaps it's political sensitivity about upsetting a key EU partner?

Regards,
MM
 
#6
ISTR that the MOD does 70 and 100 years, but doesnt do 75 years anymore :-(
You may be correct. The RAF made a big thing of BoB 70 and hadn't planned on much for the 75th Anniversary (honest!), particularly as we knew it coincided with VE and VJ 70 and ongoing WWI centenaries. However, several of the other nations involved (notably Canada, Poland and the Czech Republic) complained and it grew arms and legs.

Was anything done for Taranto 70?

Regards,
MM
 
#7
You may be correct. The RAF made a big thing of BoB 70 and hadn't planned on much for the 75th Anniversary (honest!), particularly as we knew it coincided with VE and VJ 70 and ongoing WWI centenaries. However, several of the other nations involved (notably Canada, Poland and the Czech Republic) complained and it grew arms and legs.

Was anything done for Taranto 70?

Regards,
MM
Celebrated every year in the Wardroom by seting fire to something and breaking a few arms and legs :)
 
#8
I've been lucky enough to attend several and always enjoy them far more than Traf Night!

My Staff College Taranto Night was particularly entertaining as the Italian students walked out en mass and the civvy Mess Manager ended up running around with a fire extinguisher trying to suppress the result of the numerous pyrotechnic incidents! My favourites were the flaming Swordfish models flying backwards and forwards over the dining room on pieces of wire!!! There was so much smoke they had to disable the fire alarm in the end.

Despite the Mess Manager's declaration that no Taranto Night would ever again be held...they were!

Regards,
MM
 

Sparkplug

Lantern Swinger
#9
Very disappointed to note that the RN have not made more of 75th Anniversary of the Taranto Raid. In fact, they don't seem to have made anything of it unless I've missed something.

I shall be quietly raising a glass to the very brave Stringbag (and RAF Maryland) crews involved and hope that one of the RNHF Swordfish will be doing something somewhere.

Regards,
MM
Politically sensitive with a SDSR coming soon?
 

Trainer

War Hero
Book Reviewer
#18
So, within a few posts, a thread started with good intentions has denegerated into point scoring and dripping on unrelated issues. Nice one chaps.

Regards,
MM
This is what is known in Social Media Theory as the 6 stages of Nazi. You see it on Youtube, where in 6 messages it's a slagging match.

So therefore - 'hey you guys are Nazis man!!!!!!'
 
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