Battle of the Falkland Islands, 1914

The German Pacific Fleet were attempting an audacious journey to return to Europe in the face of the mightiest Navy on the planet. The Germans had already defeated a British fleet off the coast of Chile just a few weeks earlier. The Germans had spotted the British fleet coaling at Port Stanley and had attempted to move towards it and destroy it before it was ready. What they did not know was the British had hurried some of her largest and most powerful battleships the nearly 8,000 miles to intercept the German fleet; HMS Invincible and HMS Inflexible. The Germans were also surprised to receive gunfire from a beached British ship that they had not expected to come across. Having lost the element of surprise, the British fleet steamed out of port and destroyed the German fleet and received little damage in return due to the thickness of their armour.

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