Emden

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Dresden Class Light Cruiser SMS Emden sister ship to SS Dresden. Emden served in both Chinese and Pacific waters and was at the German colony of Tsingtao when war broke out. She was ordered to start raiding and disrupting commercial vessels in the Indian Ocean until she was cornered by HMAS Sydney. She was beached after the battle on 9th November 1914 and the wreck was partly scrapped by the Japanese in 1950. Some of her crew managed to reach Germany again after capturing a ship and traveling to Mecca.

Displacement: 3,650 tons.  Speed: 25 knots.  Complement: 361.  Armament: 10 4.1 inch guns in single turrets, two 18 inch torpedo tubes.

The German Light Cruiser Emden with Captain Karl von Muller.

"Yesterday morning (November 9th) news was received that the Emden, which had been completely lost after her action with the Jemtchug, had arrived at Keeling Cocos Island and landed an armed party to destroy the wireless station and cut the cable. Here she was caught and forced to fight by HMAS Sydney (Captain John C T Glossop). A sharp action took place, in which the Sydney suffered a loss of three killed and fifteen wounded. The Emden was driven ashore and burnt. Her losses in personnel are reported as very heavy. All possible assistance is being given to the survivors by various ships which have been dispatched to the scene.

Taken from Army & Navy Illustrated paper in 1914.

Emden

Emden, 1909.

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SMS Emden c.1909

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SMS Emden during her builder's trials - Thanks to Frank Kohlmann for identification and info.

SMS Emden photographed 1914

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Officers and Crew of SMS Emden 1914

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SMS Emden Show Run Aground at North Keeling Island photographed from HMAS Sydney

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The Sydney Life Boat Brining Surviving Emden Crew back to HMASSydney 11/11/1914

The Emden's First officer Kapitanleutnant von Mucke. (part of the landing Squad and excaped)

The Emden's Captain, Fregattenkapitan V. Muller

The twisted wreck of the Emden after her battle with HMAS Sydney. Survivors of the battle stand awaiting rescue.

Taken from Army & Navy Illustrated paper in 1914.

Emden 

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Wreckage of SMS Emden after her Battle with the Sydney and   running aground in 1914

SMS Emden.  Sent in by David Lockhart