Duke of the Abruzzi

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Duke of the Abruzzi

Post  MercedesD99 on Thu Mar 20, 2014 11:05 am

Before his appointment as battlefleet commander in 1914, Abruzzi's naval career led him to conduct scientific and geographic expeditions.

The third son of Spain's former king and the cousin of Italian King Victor Emmanuel III, Abruzzi was highly viewed in naval figures as the ideal battlefleet Commander-in-Chief.

Nevertheless, Abruzzi shared Thaon di Revel's, Chief of Staff, concern not to endanger Italy's 'fleet in being' in anything other than strategically significant engagements; ideally against the Austro-Hungarian navy.

In the absence of these, he declined to risk the fleet in minor surface actions, an apparent inactivity that proved a political responsibility. However, Abruzzi suffered from a shortage of destroyers for use in anti-submarine operations. The gradual but steady loss of Italian warships drained his support within the government although he remained popular within naval circles.

Abruzzi did however earn praise for his role in the evacuation in early 1916 of the Serbian Army. Still, once the Italian press determined to call for Abruzzi's head, his fate was ultimately sealed.

He was replaced in February 1917 by Admiral Revel, turning down an alternate (but honorary) appointment as Inspector-General of the Navy.

Abruzzi had no further wartime role. He was appointed full Admiral in 1918 and died in 1933 at the age of 96.


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Re: Duke of the Abruzzi

Post  Maya Luisa on Mon Mar 24, 2014 6:35 pm

Nice topic. It is kind of cool to think that someone who started out just conducting scientific and geographic expeditions could come to play a part in a world war, as a commander of a battle fleet. It is cool how a job so simple, well not simple, but not very important and significant could allow him to be hired to play a part in a war, not just any war, a world war. I have never heard of this man before even though he seems to play a part, not a very big one, in other words a very small part, but still a part of the world war, the first one. If he was viewed in naval figures as the ideal battlefleet Commander in Chief why did he go on scientific and geographic voyages instead of commander in chief of battle fleet voyages?
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