Sunday, August 30, 2015
August 30th, 1915
- With the growing activity of German submarines in the eastern Mediterranean, the Entente navies have sought to shut down their access to the Austro-Hungarian naval bases they are using in the Adriatic. Today the British Admiralty issues orders for a first batch of trawlers to depart home waters for the Mediterrean, where they are to be used to establish an anti-submarine barrage across the narrow exit of the Adriatic at the Straits of Otranto. To do so, the trawlers will drag large anti-submarine nets in their wake across the straits, hoping to entangle German submarines as they transit to and from the Adriatic, and thereby forcing them from the eastern Mediterranean for a lack of suitable naval bases.