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1 Shiplord Kirel  Wed, Jun 20, 2012 11:06:50am

If you're wondering how a land-locked country like Hungary came up with an admiral as national leader, Horthy was an officer in the Austro-Hungarian navy before and during World War 1. Austria Hungary had two seacoasts, on the Adriatic and the Black Sea.
Despite their limited access, Austro-Hungarian leaders played the naval armaments game with the rest of Europe during the period preceding the First World War. They built a large fleet, including dreadnought class battleships, and sent it all over the world. An Austrian battleship showed up off Cuba just after the battle of Santiago in 1898, for instance, and there was an Austrian squadron in China at the start of World War 1. Another Austrian battleship, Szent Istvan, has the dubious distinction of being the first large ship whose sinking was caught on film.
Georg Ludwig von Trapp, of Sound of Music fame, had also acquired his naval rank in the Austro-Hungarian navy, and was its top submarine commander.
Both Austria and Hungary lost their seacoasts in the aftermath of defeat and the local navy ceased to exist.

2 HappyBenghazi  Wed, Jun 20, 2012 12:16:54pm

re: #1 Shiplord Kirel

If you're wondering how a land-locked country like Hungary came up with an admiral as national leader, Horthy was an officer in the Austro-Hungarian navy before and during World War 1. Austria Hungary had two seacoasts, on the Adriatic and the Black Sea.
Despite their limited access, Austro-Hungarian leaders played the naval armaments game with the rest of Europe during the period preceding the First World War. They built a large fleet, including dreadnought class battleships, and sent it all over the world. An Austrian battleship showed up off Cuba just after the battle of Santiago in 1898, for instance, and there was an Austrian squadron in China at the start of World War 1. Another Austrian battleship, Szent Istvan, has the dubious distinction of being the first large ship whose sinking was caught on film.
Georg Ludwig von Trapp, of Sound of Music fame, had also acquired his naval rank in the Austro-Hungarian navy, and was its top submarine commander.
Both Austria and Hungary lost their seacoasts in the aftermath of defeat and the local navy ceased to exist.

Interesting stuff. Unfortunately, we're seeing this alot in the former Eastern bloc. The sole positive during communist rule was that they would not glorify Axis sympathizers.

3 [deleted]  Wed, Jun 20, 2012 8:39:22pm

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