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Emden

The German light cruiser Emden that in the first world war captured 23 ships within 70 days, before she met the Austalian light cruiser Sydney north of the Cocos Islands. Her exploits have been admired by all, the British included.
She has been the subject of a colorful semi-do***entary by German te

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There is also a good book called "The last cruise of the Emden". I have put a short review of it in the books forum.

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Interesting I have a knife hanging on my wall made from a bit of steel from her wreck,me old Dad bought it in the Cocos Keeling Islands.
 

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Are you sure that's where you put it Brian? I found no suitable thread-title, your name only as thread starter on "Nathaniel's Nutmeg". And nothing on Dresden in any thread with a collective sounding title. I wear spectacles and have a small screen and may be at fault, but tell me: under what title? Stein
 

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Surpised this ship did not raise more comments Stein, she and the U9 were the only ships to be awarded an iron cross, one of the rather unique honours of this was that the crew could and the ships name to their own thus Helmut Schmidt could be Helmut Dresden-schmidt.
The last cruise of the Emden is well worth reading and enemies or not they were heroic and curteous, they put up quite a fight in the face of a stronger opponent, HMAS Sydney.

Details : Dresden class of light cruiser ( others in class - Dresden only)
Length 118 mts beam 13.5 draft 5.5 mts Disp 4268 tonnes full load

main battery : 10 x 4.1 inch (105mm) C40 SKL guns in single mounts
secondary weapons : 8 x 2 inch ( 52mm) in single mounts
two 17.7 inch torpedo tubes

Machinery : twin screws driven by triple expansion steam engines of 13,500 Hp giving 23.5 knots
The Dresden had twin Parsons turbines of 15,000 hp giving 25 knots

Armour : nothing on the hull, 2 inch splinter shields on the 4.1 inch guns and 1.5 to 0.5 inches inm vulnerable areas of the decks

The basics of the battle were, the Emden opened fire first hitting the Sydney but most of the shells were duds, the Sydney opened the range and her bigger guns wrecked the Emden.
The Sydney then took off after the Emdens collier, Buresk, who sank herself by scuttling, Sydney rescued her crew and went back to the Emden who by now had run herself up a reef. Noticing the German colours were still flying Sydney re-opened fire, Emden soon struck her clours and Sydney ceased firing

Comaprison of casualities: HMAS Sydney 4 dead, 11 wounded. Emden: 134 killed, 65 wounded

Sydney details : 5,400 tons 8 x 6 inch guns ( one forward and aft and three each side allowing a maximum broadside of 5 x 6 inch)

The U9 won her iron cross for sinking 3 British cruisers in the same day : Aboukir, Cressy and Hogue - a good day for the German navy no so good for the RN
 

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There's a famous painting of the battle called 'Emden lost and done for'. There is a gun from the wreck in Hyde Park, Sydney while the War Memorial does an interactive enactment of the battle using projected photos, lights, sounds effects and guns from both ships. The foremast of the Sydney lies on Bradleys Head while a part of the bow lies under the Opera House. The odyssey of some of the survivors in the schooner Ayesha is fascinating and often overlooked in this amazing saga.
 

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Here's an Australian page on the Sydney http://www.diggerhistory.info/pages-navy/sydney.htm And one with the mentioned painting: http://www.anzacday.org.au/history/ww1/anecdotes/waratsea.html Regards, Stein.
 

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