November 27, This day during the World War ll

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November 27, 1940 – The Battle of Cape Spartivento, was a naval battle during the Battle of the Mediterranean in the Second World War. It was fought between naval forces of the British Royal Navy and the Italian Regia Marina on 27 November 1940, during the Second World War. The British, aware of the Italian fleet’s movements, sent their forces north to intercept them before they could come anywhere near the cargo ships. At 09:45 on 27 November, a IMAM Ro.43 reconnaissance floatplane from the heavy cruiser Bolzano discovered a British squadron steaming to the east, 17 nmi (32 km) north of Chetaïbi. Shortly after, at 9:56, Sommerville received the report of his own aircraft from the carrier HMS Ark Royal about the presence of five cruisers and five destroyers. The British Admiral assumed that these were Italian units closing for battle. Force D had not yet arrived from Alexandria…

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