december memories / 08


8th December, 1914 : There was jubilation throughout the Empire today at the news of a great naval victory in the south Atlantic, in which four German vessels were sunk, apparently without British losses. As a result, German naval power has been virtually eliminated outside the Baltic and the North Sea. The British squadron, commanded by Vice-Admiral Sir Frederick Sturdee, engaged the German China squadron, under Admiral von Spee, early this morning off the Falkland Islands. The German heavy cruisers Scharnhorst and Gneisenau went down, along with the light cruisers Leipzig and Nurnberg. The British are pursuing the remaining German warship, the light cruiser Dresden.

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