Route Of The SMS Emden In WWI – Vintage Map 1930

This map is the route taken by the German Cruiser SMS Emden in WWI. The map is in French, measures- 19 x 13 inches. The criss-cross lines specify the diversionary route taken by the SMS Emden in WWI. The dotted lines indicate its cruise from 27th August to 1st October and the solid line indicates the cruise from 1st October to 9th November 1914.

The Emden created a sensation in WWI in Southern India that lasts even to this day. More bordering on an overpowering admiration than bitterness or loathing. Helmed by its dynamic German Captain Karl Von Muller. The cruiser quietly slipped into Madras (Chennai) around 2.5 km away from the coast. Its guns shelled the city the whole night of September 22. The shells landed on a radius of 10 km of the city (its range was 12 km).

The High Court’s compound wall, oil tankers, and some buildings were damaged by the bombarding. Just as stealthily as it arrived in the Madras waters in 1914, the cruiser disappeared silently into the night after completing its daring attack. This one-night raid evoked much panic in the city. Perhaps because of Captain Karl Von Muller’s skilled command, civilian casualties were minimum. Around three people died and thirteen were injured.

Read more SMS Emden: Terror of the Bay of Bengal. See post Bombing of Madras By Emden WW1 – Old Print 1914. 

Did you know- the Emden cunningly used camouflage to evade British Naval Fleet to enter the Madras waters. 

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