In 1866 the navies of the Austrian Empire and Italy met in battle near the Dalmatian island of Vis. The battle, which was part of the Austro-Prussian-Italian War, was one of the first sea battles fought with ironclad warships and one of the last one to use the technique of deliberate ramming. This book provides an in-depth analysis of the battle, its prelude, course, and aftermath, as well as detailed information on both fleets. The author lays out the context of the battle by describing the previous development of both the Austrian and the Italian Navy and the battle’s political background. Equipped with 11 maps – making it easy for the reader to track and understand the course of the battle – as well as 133 illustrations and photographs, including the contemporary photographs of the ships sunk in battle, still lying at the bottom of the Adriatic, the book tells an exciting story of a battle largely forgotten, but fascinating nonetheless.
The book is also available in German under the title Die Schlacht von Lisa.