9/8/1914 The Goeben and Breslau replenish their coal stocks

Admiral Souchon makes a rendezvous with a German collier off the island of Donoussa in the Aegean. His ships now have enough coal to reach his goal, Constantinople, where he hopes to lure the Ottoman Empire into the war on the side of the Germans.

The British, meanwhile, have more or less given up the hunt for the Goeben and Breslau. Oblivious to Souchon’s true destination, the British are concerned primarily to stop him breaking west to threaten Allied shipping in the Mediterranean.

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