4/8/1914 The Goeben and Breslau turn east

In the early hours of the morning, Admiral Souchon receives new orders by wireless from Tirpitz in Berlin. Germany and Turkey are now allies and he is to bring his ships east to Constantinople.

So close are the Goeben and Breslau now to Algeria that Souchon has them bombard two French ports there first. Then he sets a course for Sicily, where he hopes to refuel. On the way the Germans encounter two British battlecruisers. Britain and Germany are not yet at war so no firing occurs. The British trail the Germans. In the fading light of the evening the British lose contact off the north coast of Sicily.

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