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The Whale Has Wings Vol 2 - Taranto to Singapore Paperback – April 26, 2013
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In this book and Volume 1, some of the FAA planes are equal or better than the comparable planes in the RAF, and those in use by the US Navy. In parallel the RN develops and deploys more and better designed aircraft carriers to use these new planes.
Only gradually does the change the trajectory of history move away from what actually happened in OTL. For example, in Volume 1, the campaign in Norway is still a disaster for Britain and France. But in this book the campaign goes a bit better before the defeat, and many of the French forces used in Norway volunteer for the Free French military.
Another example is the outcome of the British decision to neutralize the French Fleet in early July 1940. At Oran, because the British show up with an overwhelming force of aircraft carriers, the admiral in charge at Oran agrees to take his ships from Oran to the French West Indies where they will be out of the war. Later the attack on Taranto takes place, using two not one aircraft carrier inflicting more damage on the Italian Fleet.
For me the best change in OTL is O'Conner being allowed to seize all of Italian North Africa, despite the (OTL) British disaster in Greece. And all of the positive changes to the British Empire situation in the Mediterranean, and thought the world.
This second novel ends with a much stronger British army and navel deployment in Malaya and Singapore in late 1941. I am guessing that in volume 3 of this series the Japanese are going to be punished for their arrogance in attacking British and Dutch possessions in the Far East.
I must admit being bit put off by the casual way the author reported aircraft and ship losses without mentioning the human toll. Still, since the book covers such a wide range of localities and so many battles fought by different ships and army units, it is probably inevitable.
There is a need to suspend disbelief in this novel regarding several doubtful parts. For example, were their enough aircraft designers and manufactures in Britain to arm both the RAF and FAA with good aircraft? Would the Treasury fund two parallel aircraft development and deployment plans? Probably not, but why let a few facts mess up enjoyment of a very entertaining book?