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LAST GENTLEMEN OF WAR

Posted in fremantle, war, ww I by freoview on November 9, 2014

last gentlemen of war

There is an historic exhibition at the Fremantle Maritime Museum about the WW I battle between the HMAS Sydney and the German cruiser SMS Emden, which happened on November 9, 1914 near the Cocos Islands.

The Last Gentlemen of War tells a┬ástory of humour, decency and honour and recreates the battle that ended in the Emden being run onto a reef to save the 243 crew still alive after more than 120 had been killed by heavy fire from the Sydney. Captain John Glossop of the HMAS Sydney wired the message “Emden beached and done for.”

Remarkably the surviving Germans escaped and after a harrowing adventure reached Constantinople where they joined other German forces.

The exhibition is free and runs till April 26 next year.

Roel Loopers

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