Friday, 14 April 2017

The strength of the Austria-Hungarian navy in 1920 according to the Dutch newspaper Bataviaasch nieuwsblad dated 31 January 1911

An item dated Budapest, Hungary 28th referred to a speech of the Austrian minister of navy Montecuccoli (1) for the Hungarian delegates stating that in 1915 Austria-Hungary would have 13 battleships, 9 cruisers, 18 destroyers, 48 torpedo boats and 12 submarines. But before 1920 those numbers had to be 16 battleships, 12 cruisers, 24 destroyers, 72 torpedo boats and 12 submarines.

1. Rudolf graf Montecuccoli degli Erri (22 February 1843 Modena-16 May 1922 Baden-bei-Wien), commander in chief of the navy and Chief of the Naval Section of the War Ministry October 1904-22 February 1913 and the men behind the modernisation of the fleet