Tainaron

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Tainaron

 

(also Matapan), a cape on the Peloponnesus, in Greece, formed by a ridge of Mount Taygetus. It constitutes the southern extremity of the Balkan Peninsula (36°23′ N lat., 22°29′ E long.).

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It bombarded the African and Italian coasts and took part in the Battle of Cape Matapan off Greece on March 28, 1941, sinking three enemy destroyers.
Admiral Sir Dudley Pound had sunk the German cruiser Wiesbaden at the battle of Jutland in 1916; Brooke had closed the gap left by the sudden surrender of the Belgians during the retreat to Dunkirk in 1940; Air Chief Marshall Sir Charles Portal had won a Military Cross in the Great War and could fly every plane in existence; Admiral Sir Andrew Cunningham had launched the successful naval air attack on the Italian fleet at Taranto in November 1940 and inflicted a major defeat on it in March 1941 at Cape Matapan oft the Greek coast.
Five minutes' fighting off Cape Matapan drives the Italian navy from the Mediterranean for the rest of the war.
This barren, mountainous peninsula stretches all the way to Cape Matapan, the southern tip of mainland Europe.
Other than a victory for the fleet at the Battle of Cape Matapan, where theItalian fleet was so badly damaged it was never considered a serious threat again, that was a desperate time.
He next tells of the hunting-down of the battleship Bismarck in the North Atlantic after she had sunk the Hood, and then of the decisive defeat of the Italian fleet off Cape Matapan. He fits the story of Admiral Fraser's destruction of the Scharnhorst off North Cape in its proper chronological place, between accounts of the battles for Guadalcanal and for the Philippines.
Principal battles: Dardanelles (Kanakkale Bogazi) (1915); Zeebrugge (1918); Calabria, Taranto (1940); Cape Matapan (Akra Tainaron, Greece) (1941).
Cape Matapan or Tainaron is the southernmost mainland point of which European country?
In March 1941, he was searchlight control ocer on the battleship HMS Valiant and was mentioned in dispatches for his part in the battle of Cape Matapan against the Italian eet.
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