February 1918

The Bakar mockery

In the night between 10 and 11 February 1918, three MAS, departed from Venice fourteen hours before, entered the dangerous area between the island of Cres and the Istrian coast to the Bay of Buccari where, according to information from the military espionage, some Austrian naval units were stationary. On one of these MASs traveled the captain of the frigate Costanzo Ciano and the Vate Gabriele D'Annunzio. However, even though they reached the mouth of the Buccari bay without being identified, the MAS didn't find warships, but three cargo steamers and one passenger. A total of six torpedoes were launched, of which only one exploded due to anti-torpedo barriers placed in defense of the bay. The torpedo burst alarmed the coastal batteries and the MAS immediately took the way back to Ancona. It should be emphasized that the Austrian coastal defenses did not react, as they believed the infiltration of Italian naval units so in the depths of the Dalmatian coast was impossible.

Although it ended in nothing, the action alarmed the Austrians about the vulnerability of their harbors on the Adriatic, always considered inviolable and raised the Italian morale after the defeat of Caporetto. This was helped by the presence of D'Annunzio who left three bottles with national colors, on floats, in the innermost part of the Bay of Buccari, with the following message inside:

«In spite of the cautious Austrian Fleet, busy still boasting the small glory of Lissa in the safe havens, the sailors of Italy came with the iron and with the fire to shake the prudence in its most comfortable shelter, and laugh at every sort of grids and bars, always ready to dare the inosable.
And a good companion, well known - the capital enemy , among all enemies the very nemesis, that of Pola and Cattaro - came with them to mock the reward

The bottles left and the unconventional attitude of the Vate had given birth to the Bakar mockery.