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

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The naval side of the First World War in the Adriatic provides a classic case study in narrow sea warfare. This is the story of the Austro-Hungarian KuK Navy's contribution to the Central Powers' considerable effort in the region. This finely balanced, well-handled navy successfully helped to defend Austria's Adriatic base of power—the Pola-Trieste-Fiume triangle—in the north, to protect the vital sea lane to Cattaro and the south, and to support the army from the sea—all against major odds. Its forces also contributed significantly to the U-boat war.

During initial stages of the conflict, the French were the enemy at sea. Later, Italy switched allegiances, joining the Entente against her former allies. Because the KuK Kriegsmarine was no match for the Italians and the French combined, the battle fleet was thereafter kept in being at Pola, holding the Allies in check. Nonetheless, the Adriatic became an Austrian lake. Using aircraft, U-boats, torpedoes, and mines, the KuK worked toward reducing the odds against it. However, the impasse would continue until the armistice, ruling out a Mahanian showdown in the Adriatic. Koburger provides important geostrategic points of comparison and valuable lessons for other conflicts, even today.

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Editorial Reviews

Having retired from the US Coast Guard, Koburger has taken to writing about military matters. Here he tells what he says is at least the essential parts of activities by the Austro-Hungarian Navy, and to some extent the German, in the Adriatic during World War I. He explains how the Kaiserliche und Konigliche Kriegsmarine played out its assigned role as Austria's balanced regional naval force, giving cover to the German U-boat war, furnishing and defending bases, and joining in the war insofar as it could. He includes several photographs. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275970710
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/30/2001
  • Pages: 182
  • Lexile: 1100L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

CHARLES W. KOBURGER, JR., is retired from the U.S. Coast Guard after more than 33 years on active duty and in reserve service.

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Table of Contents

Introduction by Paul G. Halpern



The KuK Marine

Opening Moves 1914

1915--Italy Joins In

Photographic Essay

Impasse (1916)

1917--Horthy's Year


Things to Come

Finis Austriae





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