The German Squadron


Commanded by Vice Admiral Maximilian Graf von Spee, the German East Asiatic Squadron was a highly efficient naval unit, having won the Imperial German Navy gunnery prize for two consecutive years. At Coronel, Admiral von Spee’s consisted of two armoured and three light cruisers.

Included with these ships is SMS Emden, which was part of the original squadron but detached prior to the squadron sailing for South America. She proceeded into the Indian Ocean, and under the command of Captain von Muller successfully harried allied shipping, becoming one of the most famous ships of World War One, before meeting her destruction on November 9, 1914, when she was finally caught by HMS Sydney.