Australia was in the middle of a double-dissolution election when Britain declared war against Germany in August With Britain now at war, all dominions of the British Empire were also at war with Germany — including Australia. The campaign to recruit volunteers for the Australian Imperial Force began straightaway. Visit us to read these books. We have digitised all the Sydney Mail covers for the period of the War.
See also: Hindu—German Conspiracy. During a two-month period, the German cruiser captured or sank 25 civilian vessels, shelled Madras , and destroyed two Allied warships at Penang. During the night of 8—9 November, Emden reached the islands, and sent a party ashore at around to disable the wireless and cable transmission station on Direction Island. The station was able to transmit a distress call before it was shut down. Melbourne received the message, and ordered Sydney to investigate.
Emden was a light cruiser built for the German Navy Reichsmarine in the early s. She was the only ship of her class and was the first large warship built in Germany after the end of World War I. She was built at the Reichsmarinewerft in Wilhelmshaven ; her keel was laid down in December and her completed hull was launched in January
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