The Whale Has Wings Vol 2 - Taranto to Singapore

Rated 4.75/5 based on 4 reviews
Continuing on from Vol 1-Rebirth
In Vol 2, the war continues in the Mediterranean in the Autumn of 1940. The RN attacks the Italian fleet, and the war spreads through Africa, Greece and the Mediterranean. The German navy,led by Bismark, attempt to break into the Atlantic. Finally in the East a war looms with Imperial Japan.
The earlier changes are now causing the war to diverge from our History More

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Review by: Simon Soanes on June 06, 2013 :
A very worthy continuation of the first volume; in fact I enjoyed it even more due to the wonderful amount of detail in the story. The authors amazingly detailed knowledge of the original timelines allows him to mold his alternate Fleet Air Arm, and therefore major strands of WW2, in a very believable and realistic way. I very much look forward to reading the next parts as they, hopefully soon, appear.

For anybody with an interest in believable alternate history this is amongst the finest available.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Mark Gardiner on June 02, 2013 :
An excellent continuation from the first volume that takes us from the dawn of the raid on the Italian fleet to the eve of Pearl Harbour. The author has painstakingly devised an alternative history based upon the Royal Navy taking control of the Fleet Air Arm's future with all that it implies for the carrier fleet, and butterflies that affect both the Army and the Royal Air Force. The changes are not on the surface huge and are eminently believable - indeed one wonders why the actual powers-that-be did not follow such obviously sensible decisions. As a result the British & Commonwealth armed services, following the Army's expulsion from Western Europe and Norway, have greater success in their battles in the Mediterranean, and also face a major Kriegsmarine breakout into the North Atlantic. Interestingly both the French & Greek forces also have proportionately greater parts to play. This instalment leaves me eagerly awaiting the showdown with the IJN in the South China Sea & further abroad.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: alan white on May 21, 2013 :
An excellent continuation of the original premise from late 1940 into 1941 especially in the Mediterranean.
Much wider deviations from our timeline, with the improved British Naval air arm beginning to have significant impact on the conduct of the war.

Still written mostly in the style of a time line rather than a novelization. However light up with welcome cameos based on the probable reaction of historical characters.

Well researched and plausible detail for air force and army issues as well as naval impact.

Perhaps more on the Battle of the Atlantic would have improved the balance of the picture.

As Churchill said it was the convoys that kept him awake at night. The impact of more long range ASW and naval air from CVLs, CVE and MACs would have been well worth the description
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Piotr Kaplon on May 08, 2013 :
Second part, every bit as good as the first one. How could the Second World War go for the British with a few smart decision taken in time... I prefer this version to the original one ;)
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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