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The Battle of the Otranto Straits : Controlling the Gateway to the Adriatic in World War I - Paul G. Halpern

The Battle of the Otranto Straits

Controlling the Gateway to the Adriatic in World War I

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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.

Prof. Halpern, one of the premier students of World War I at sea, not only gives the reader a rattling good account of the actual battle, but fits it firmly into the overall framework of the Great War. . . Fall-Winter 2009 * NYMAS Review *
In this work, Prof. Halpern, long a thoughtful specialist in World War I in the Mediterranean, not only gives the reader a rattling good account of the actual battle, but fits it firmly within the overall framework of the Great War, takes a look at the opposing navies, and provides useful profiles of the respective commanders . . . and much more.February 2010 * Strategypage.com *

List of Illustrationsp. vii
Prefacep. ix
The Naval War in the Adriaticp. 1
The Allies in the Southern Adriaticp. 14
The Austrians Prepare an Attackp. 35
The Attack on the Driftersp. 49
The Pursuitp. 68
The Forces Returnp. 100
The Results of the Battlep. 123
Epiloguep. 146
Glossary of Geographical Namesp. 151
Equivalent Ranksp. 153
Notesp. 155
Select Bibliographyp. 175
Indexp. 181
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ISBN: 9780253343796
ISBN-10: 0253343798
Series: Twentieth-Century Battles
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 15th June 2004
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.5