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Sinking of SS Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse

Summary
The Battle of Río de Oro was a single-ship action fought in August 1914 during the First World War, when attacked the German off Río de Oro on the coast of Northwest Africa. Background Under the command of Max Reymann, Imperial German Navy ship was originally a passenger liner, built in 1897, part of the German merchant fleet until requisitioned for service at the outbreak of World War I and fitted with six 4-inch guns and two 37-millimeter guns. The German vessel set steam for a commerce raiding mission in the Atlantic Ocean. Commanded by Henry T. Buller, Royal Navy ship was a protected cruiser built in 1898 with eleven 6-inch guns, nine 12-pounder guns, six 3-pounder guns and two torpedo tubes. She had been detached to support the 5th Cruiser Squadron in hunting the German raider. Battle The battle of 26 August 1914 began when the German raider Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse was caught by surprise in a harbour, taking on coal from three German and Austro-H
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