The Battle of the Falklands 1914 Mail from a sailor of SMS Gneisenau
The news from 1914 till 1918 was dominated by reports of all kinds of military events of the First World War. In early November 1914 articles similar to the one quoted here from the OTAGO Daily Times (New Zealand) could be read in many papers around the world. The report about what was later called the Battle of Coronel (cancellation of Coronel pictured) started with the headline: “A Gallently Contested Action – Monmouth and Good Hope sunk The High Commissioner reports, London, November 7.
Ofﬁcial: The Admiralty has received trustworthy information regarding the action on the Chilian coast. During the 1st November the Good Hope, Monmouth, and Glasgow came up with the Scharnhorst, Gneisenau, Leipzig, and Dresden. Both squadrons were steaming south in a strong wind, with considerable sea. The German squadron declined action until sunset, when light gave it an important advantage. The action lasted an hour. Early in the action the Good Hope and Monmouth took ﬁre, but fought on until nearly dark, when a serious explosion occurred on the Good Hope, which foundered. The Monmouth hauled off at the dark, making water badly, and appeared to be unable to steam away. She was accompanied by the Glasgow, who had, during the whole action, fought the Leipzig and Dresden. On the enemy again approaching the wounded Monmouth the Glasgow, which was also under ﬁre from one of
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