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Austro-Hungarian Battleships 1914-18

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Type: Softcover

Product Line: New Vanguard - Ships - Modern Navy - Assorted

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Product Info

Title
Austro-Hungarian Battleships 1914-18
Publisher
Category
Author
Ryan Noppen
Publish Year
2012
Pages
48
Dimensions
7x10x.2"
NKG Part #
2148744822
MFG. Part #
OSPNVG193
Type
Softcover
Series
NVG193

Description

Austria-Hungary did not have an overseas empire; its empire lay within its own boundaries and the primary purpose of its navy until the beginning of the twentieth century was the defense of its coastline. As its merchant marine dramatically grew, admirals believed that the navy should take a more proactive policy of defense. The 1890s saw the beginning of a series of naval building programs that would create a well-balanced modern fleet. Cruisers were constructed for the protection of overseas trade and for "showing the flag" but the decisive projection of Austria-Hungary's commitment to control the Adriatic was the construction of a force of modern battleships. Despite the naval arms race throughout Europe at the time, the navy had difficulty obtaining funds for new ships. The difficulties experienced in battleship funding and construction mirrored the political difficulties and ethnic rivalries within the empire. Nevertheless by August of 1914, the Austro-Hungarian had a fleet of battleships. This book details the five classes of Austro-Hungarian battleships in service during World War I.

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