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

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

byPaul G. Halpern

Hardcover | June 15, 2004

Pricing and Purchase Info

$38.21 online 
$38.95 list price
Earn 191 plum® points

Prices and offers may vary in store

Quantity:

In stock online

Ships free on orders over $25

Not available in stores

about

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.

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 Fe...
Loading
Title:The Battle of the Otranto Straits: Controlling the Gateway to the Adriatic in World War IFormat:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.87 inPublished:June 15, 2004Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0253343798

ISBN - 13:9780253343796

Reviews

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
1. The Naval War in the Adriatic
2. The Allies in the Southern Adriatic
3. The Austrians Prepare an Attack
4. The Attack of the Drifters
5. The Pursuit
6. The Forces Return
7. The Results of the Battle
Epilogue
Appendix A: Glossary of Geographic Names
Appendix B: Equivalent Ranks
Notes
Select Bibliography
Index

Editorial Reviews

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