This volume, originally published in 1987, fills a gap in a neglected area. Looking at the entire war in the Mediterrean, the volume examines the war from the viewpoint of all the important participants, making full use of archives and manuscript collections in Britain, France, Italy, Germany, Austria and the United States. A fascinating mosaic of campaigns emerges in the Adriatic, Straits of Otranto and the Eastern Aegean. The German assistance to the tribes of Libya, the threat that Germany would get her hands on the Russian Black Sea Fleet and use it in the Mediterreanean, and the appearance and influence of the Americans in 1918 all took place against a background of rivalry between the Allies which frustrated the appointment of Jellicoe in 1918 as supreme command at sea in a role similar to that of Foch on land.
Table of Contents
1. The Mediterranean Naval Balance 2. The Beginning of the War in the Mediterranean and Adriatic 3. The Dardanelles Campaign 4. German Submarines Arrive and Italy Enters the War 5. Stalemate in the Adriatic and the Germans Build Up Their Submarine Strength 6. Macedonia, the End of the Dardanelles Campaign and the Submarine War Intensifies 7. The Allied Failure to Meet the Submarine Challenge in 1916 8. The Adriatic, the Aegean and the Eastern Mediterranean in 1916 9. The Submarine Crisis – 1917 10. The Otranto Action and the Introduction of Convoys 11. The Final Year of the War: Part One 12. The Climax of the War