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A Sailor of Austria: In Which, Without Really Intending to, by John Biggins

By John Biggins

"A unfashionable techno-adventure tale that falls someplace among Tom Clancy and Patrick O'Brian... top quality army fiction with a literary flair." (Publishers Weekly
 
In the spring of 1915, a tender Austro-Czech naval lieutenant Ottokar Prohaska reveals himself published to the minuscule Imperial and Royal Austro-Hungarian Submarine carrier within the Adriatic port of Pola. In a few trepidation before everything, simply because he has no adventure no matter what of submarines, his fears are quickly set at relaxation while he discovers that no-one else has both: least of all his superiors. There stick to 3 and a part years of determined international warfare One adventures battling for the home of Habsburg aboard primitive, ill-equipped vessels, contending not only with exploding bathrooms and the delivery of Libyan racing camels yet with a staff drawn from a dozen various nationalities-and a decaying imperial paperwork which frequently appears to be like much more of an enemy than the British, the French, the Italians and the ocean itself.
 
After surmounting all this to develop into - by chance - Austria Hungary's prime U-boat commander and a holder of its optimum army ornament, the last months of 1918 see him and his team returning aboard a broken boat from the shorelines of Palestine, in simple terms to discover that the native land they've got fought for thus doggedly over the former 4 years is now within the ultimate levels of cave in, and they are successfully stateless folks; sailors with out a military returning to a rustic which now not has a coastline
 

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