THE HISTORY OF THE ITALIAN-TURKISH WAR (September 29, 1911 to October 18, 1912)
by Commodore W.H. Beelher, USN
In 1911 the Italians chose to expand their colonial empire at the expense of the Ottoman Empire, the “Sick Man of Europe.” Italy had long coveted Libya and they finally decided to act. This work is a very military account of the war. It covers the invasion of Libya and the various operations there; it covers Italian naval operations in the Aegean Sea and around the mouth of the Dardanelles; and it covers Italian naval operations along the Lebanese coast and in the Red Sea. It provides extensive details on the Turkish defenses of the Dardanelles.