The Central Powers in the Adriatic, 1914-1918: War in a Narrow Sea

By Paul G. Halpern; Charles W. Koburger Jr. | Go to book overview

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Finis Austriae—America Joins In

ENTER THE UNITED STATES

As should be clear by now, neither of the two opponents most directly involved in the Adriatic over the last three-plus years— Austria-Hungary and Italy—had had any urgent, immediate interest in fighting an all-out Mahanian battle there for command of the sea. As things had been, both of their fleets were providing them that which was wanted by them most: in Vienna’s case, control of the Adriatic’s north and east coasts to enable it to defend the north and to project its power south into the Balkans; in Rome’s case, security of its east coast. There was no point in risking a major battle, one that just might somehow be lost. The original blockade at Otranto cost little and bothered no one very much.

But more and more other powers were concerned, now. Unrestricted, the U-boat war was costing the Allies too much, especially in the Mediterranean. This war demanded, in Austria’s case, that the boats be able to pass the Otranto Barrage in and

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Illustrations ix
  • Foreword xi
  • Preface xiii
  • Notes xxi
  • 1 - Prologue 1
  • 2 - The Kuk Kriegsmarine 11
  • 3 - Opening Moves (1914): Austria-Hungary versus France (And Britain) 25
  • 4 - 1915 —Italy Joins in 39
  • 5 - Impasse (1916) 53
  • 6 - 1917 —Horthy’s Year 67
  • 7 - Submarines 81
  • 8 - Things to Come—1918 95
  • 9 - Finis Austriae—America Joins in 107
  • 10 - Epilogue 117
  • Appendix A - Dramatis Personae 123
  • Appendix B 127
  • Appendix C 129
  • Appendix D - Narrow Seas 131
  • Appendix E - Kuk Merchant Marine 135
  • Selected Bibliography 137
  • Index 141
  • About the Author 147
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