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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP06 Dec 2017 11:12 a.m. PST


"Control of the Mediterranean was of vital importance to the major powers engaged in the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars of 1793-1815, an importance which made the Sea a centre of major military and political conflict. The Mediterranean Theatre can be considered as three distinct basins1, connected together by narrow straits, each potentially under the operational control of an island or island chain. The Eastern Basin between Sicily and the Levant was the highway to the east, leading in one direction north to the Dardanelles and the Black Sea and in the other south to Egypt and the overland routes to India and the Far East. Access to this great Basin could be controlled by a Fleet based at Malta, with support from Sicily. The second Basin, the Adriatic Basin provided the passage to Venice and Trieste and covered access to the
western seaboard of Turkey- in-Europe. Entrance to this Basin could be controlled by possession of the Ionian Island chain, stretching from Corfu in the north through Paxos, Ithaca, St Maura, Cephalonia, and Zante down to Cerigo in the south, off the tip of the Morea…."
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