Then 1939 to 1940, when Italy wasn't yet in the war, and France still was. The Indian Ocean still wasn't a concern.
Then mid 1940 to 1941 when war with Japan grew more certain and the Indian Ocean became of concern.
And finally 1942 and the fall of Singapore and attack on Ceylon.
The circumstances radically changed between 1942 and 1943. As a result there was a totally different situation from pre-war to 1943-4.
: Interesting--I never appreciated the
: Anglo-American aspect of the Doolittle raid.
: The Eastern Fleet could count on a short
: respite from amphibious invasion during the
: impending monsoon season, but I'm sure they
: didn't know what to expect after that.
: Another book that might be of interest is
: GRAVE OF A DOZEN SCHEMES by Willmott,
: published about 20 years ago. It takes up
: the story in late 1943 with the Axis surface
: fleets contained, Mediterranean
: communications restored, and the Admiralty
: contemplating a role for the RN surface
: fleet. I found it a bit dry but it's not
: very long, and considers the challenge of
: conducting offensive operations across the
: Indian Ocean, as Churchill was anxious to
: do. It will be interesting to compare that
: to the pre-war thinking in Boyd's book.
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