1914, Battle of Lodz, Battle of the Falkland Islands, British Empire, casualties, Falkland Islands, Germany, Graf von Spee, Great Britain, Imperial German Navy, Maritz Rebellion, N.W. Serfontein, prisoners of war, Royal Navy, Russia, sinking, SMS Dresden, SMS Gneisenau, SMS Leipzig, SMS Nurnberg, SMS Scharnhorst, South Africa, South America, Van Coller, Wessel Wessels
British squadron near the Falkland Islands sinks the German cruisers Scharnhorst (Admiral Graf von Spee‘s flagship), the Gneisenau, and the Leipzig, and captures two colliers. British casualties very few. The Nürnberg is sunk while in flight, and the Dresden makes off pursued by British vessels. Final collapse of the South African rebellion, which began on October 9. Wessels, Serfontein, and Vancoller, with 1,200 men, lay down their arms. Closing stages of great battle in Galicia and “grave defeat” of Germans.