The Battle of the Otranto Straits: Controlling the Gateway to the Adriatic in World War I

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Indiana University Press, 15 Ιουν 2004 - 208 σελίδες
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Called by some a "Mediterranean Jutland," the Battle of the Otranto Straits involved warships from Austria, Germany, Italy, Britain, and France. Although fought by light units with no dreadnoughts involved, Otranto was a battle in three dimensions -- engaging surface vessels, aircraft, and subsurface weapons (both submarines and mines). An attempt to halt the movement of submarines into the Adriatic using British drifters armed with nets and mines led to a raid by Austrian light cruisers. The Austrians inflicted heavy damage on the drifters, but Allied naval forces based at Brindisi cut off their withdrawal. The daylight hours saw a running battle, with the Austrians at considerable risk. Heavier Austrian units put out from Cattaro in support, and at the climactic moment the Allied light forces had to turn away, permitting the Austrians to escape. In the end, the Austrians had inflicted more damage than they suffered themselves. The Otranto action shows the difficulties of waging coalition warfare in which diplomatic and national jealousies override military efficiency.

 

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two The Allies in the Southern Adriatic
14
three The Austrians Prepare an Attack
35
four The Attack on the Drifters
49
five The Pursuit
68
six The Forces Return
100
seven The Results of the Battle
123
Epilogue
146
Appendix A Glossary of Geographical Names
151
Appendix B Equivalent Ranks
153
Notes
155
Select Bibliography
175
Index
181
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Paul G. Halpern, Professor of History at Florida State University, is author of A Naval History of World War I; The Naval War in the Mediterranean, 1914--1918; The Mediterranean Naval Situation, 1908--1914; and Anton Haus: Österreich-Ungarns Großadmiral. He has served on the Council of the Navy Records Society (Great Britain) and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society

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