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

(Twentieth-Century Battles)

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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 sub ...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published May 24th 2004 by Indiana University Press (first published January 1st 2004)
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Paul Halpern wrote The Naval War in the Mediterranean, 1914-1918 back in '87. Judged by the number of peers who write on the Great War at sea, it has enjoyed a comfortable reputation since as a standard work. The man treads familiar waters, floating on an impressively multilingual array of sources to give us a look at the closest thing to a Mediterranean Jutland.

He certainly plunges depths akin to The Rules of the Game: Jutland and British Naval Command, starting with a mini-biography of the Kü
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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