Battle Of Lissa Essay

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Snyder1 Zachary Snyder Commander Baca Naval science spring project April, 13, 2013 “THE BATTLE OF LISSA” “THE BATTLE OF LISSA” “The battle of lissa took place on July 20, 1866. The battle occurred as part of the Third Italian Independence War”. Which Italy allied with Prussia in the course of the conflict against Austria? The main objective of the Italian’s was to capture Venice. The battle took place in the Adriatic Sea and was a decisive victory for an outnumbered Austrian Empire force over a superior Italian force. This was the first major sea battle between ironclads. The Italians fired around 1450 shots during the battle, but failed to do any damage to any of the Austrian ship while the Italians lost two of their battleships. The fleets were of a mix of unarmed sailing ships and armed ironclads. Commanded by Carlo_di_Persano for the kingdom of Italy and commanded by Wilhelm von Tegetthof. The Austrian fleet won this battle because of decisive actions without hesitation, battle plan that was worked out in detail, bravery and skill of crews and, above all, resolved and brave admiral Tegetthof. Though Maximilian was no longer there to direct the work, or to push it forward, when the necessity occurred, the navy still enjoyed the benefit of his rule. He had insisted that the navy should be a national force, that the ships and their engines, as well as their men, should be Austrian. The arsenal at Pola was a reality; a... ... middle of paper ... ... captured Palestro's flag was cut into small pieces after the battle and those pieces were given to several persons. One of the pieces was in the Pula Navy Museum until 1918, when Italians looted it. It is said that the relatives of Nikola Karkovic still have a piece of that flag. The tradition of the battle of lissa existed for a long time on Croatian coast in the stories of sailors and in many folk-songs. Lissa [aka Vis] was known as the head-quarters of British Adriatic cruisers in the old French War. Lissa is an island, or rather a mass of hill and mountain, eleven miles long from east to west, and six broad from north to south, rising in some of its peaks to a height of nearly 2,000 feet. Its principal productions, according to the gazetteer, were wine, oil, almonds, and figs; bees, sheep, and goats were reared in great numbers by its inhabitants; -

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