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Falkland Islands
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Falkland Islands

An archipelago in the South Atlantic Ocean; a British colony since 1843. On December 8, 1914, a battle was fought near the Falkland Islands between the German East Asia Squadron under Vice Admiral Maximilian Graf von Spee and a British battle squadron under Vice Admiral Sir Frederick Doveton Sturdee. After a sea battle lasting approximately five hours, only one light cruiser survived from the German squadron; four German ships sank; of some 2,200 men on the German ships, 1,985 perished. British losses were far fewer: none of the British ships was seriously damaged, …

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Krüger, Friederike, “Falkland Islands”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 13 December 2019 <>
First published online: 2015

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