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.

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