Diary December 8, 1914

Survivors of Gneisenau make for Inflexible
Flagship ‘Scharnhorst’ went down at 1617 hours with all 770 of her crew and the gallant von Spee. ‘Gneisenau’ did not survive her sister for long; flags still flying and out of ammunition, she was battered into submission by 1800 hours. The battlecruisers stopped, and saved 200 men from the freezing water.
War Diary World War One for Tuesday, December 8, 1914:

Sea War

Atlantic – Battle of the Falkland Islands: Sturdee with battlecruisers Invincible (hit 22 times, no casualties) and Inflexible (3 hits, 3 casualties), old battleship Canopus and 5 cruisers – including Glasgow (hit twice), Cornwall hit 22 times, Kent hit 38 times (fired 646 rounds), surprises Spee as he prepares to raid Port Stanley; he retires southeast, detaches light cruisers (only Dresden escapes, to Chile). Flagship Scharnhorst, Gneisenau, Nürnberg and Leipzig and 2 colliers sunk in 9-hour chase. German casualties: 2,100 killed, only 215 survivors. British casualties: 10 killed, 15 wounded but battlecruisers down to 52 x 12-inch shells, 1,174 fired in first director control long-range gunnery.

Southern Fronts

Serbia: Austrian Fifth Army captures, loses and then retakes Serb Kosmaj line south of Belgrade until next day. But Serb reinforcements arriving from south. Serb First Army retakes Valjevo (3,000 Austrians wounded) by flanking move through hills, Third Army reaches Kolubara.

Eastern Front

Galicia: Brusilov sends 2 corps to aid Russian Third Army. Roth regains some ground until December 25.

Middle East

Mesopotamia: Qurna outflanked by Royal Navy and 2 Indian battalions crossing via flying bridge and boats upstream.

African Fronts

Tripolitania: Sultan’s representative in Tripoli declares holy war.
, 1,200 rebels surrender.

Air War

Western Front: RFC ‘wireless unit’, re-designated No 9 Squadron, detaches radio-equipped aircraft as required by the various army corps.

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  1. i have my great grandads war diary, battle of the falklands.20.000 words ,he was aboard the kent. cheif petit stoker chales sydney charles britton.it really is a good read.very precise account,

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