28/10/1914 Germany raids Penang

In August Karl von Müller detached his ship the Emden from the German East Asia Squadron of Admiral Spee. Müller took the Emden to the Indian Ocean and there has been preying on Allied merchant shipping. Today he pulls off a particularly bold stroke. Disguising his ship so that it looks like a British cruiser, he sails the Emden into the British port of Penang. There he sinks a Russian cruiser that happens to be in harbour and also sinks a French destroyer that attempts to block his escape. Müller takes onboard survivors from the French ship and sails off into the Indian Ocean.

image source (Wikipedia, originally New York Times)

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