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5.0 out of 5 stars Concise but excellently balanced overview of the Austro-Hungarian battleships, 23 July 2013
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This review is from: Austro-Hungarian Battleships 1914-18 (New Vanguard) (Kindle Edition)
The book does an excellent job of containing the design, building and operations of the admittedly limited but highly successful Austro Hungarian battleship fleet from 1914 to 1918, all within the self imposed 48 page format of the series.

After a brief introduction on the political situation of the twin monarchy and the related consequences for its Navy the author launches into all the battleship classes that were still in operation during WW2, describing the design decisions, the building, and the characteristics of each ship class in turn. Each ship class also gets treated to a colour plate and historical pictures are peppered throughout the book, too.

Following the ship class descriptions, all the battleship operations are covered for the entire period. As there have not been all that many, a good description is possible within the condensed format of the series, with sufficient detail provided.

It is quite interesting that the rather limited ressources of the Austro Hungarian Navy managed to bind a quite significant portion of the opposing fleets and the fleet in being concept was carried out brilliantly throughout. If you are interested in the other extreme of Austro Hungarian naval operations in WW1, Austro-Hungarian Submarines: In World War One (Maritime) is a nice complement, and quite a bit more extensive on specific aspects of the naval operations (it also describes the background of the operation that resulted in the loss of Szent Istvan a lot more thoroughly).

Overall a good starter on the subject of Austro Hungarian battleships and certainly interesting for people looking for additional understanding of naval matters, or then military or WW1 matters more generally.
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