Falklands

8th December 1914

British warships surprise the German navy at the Falkland Islands and defeat them in the Battle of the Falkland Islands.

The Falkland Islands are British islands in the Atlantic Ocean off South America. The Royal Navy used a port there to take on supplies. German ships were sent to destroy the port - but the British were waiting for them.

Unlike the Battle of Coronel, this time the British ships were better than the Germans and they sank six out of the eight German ships in a much-needed victory.

An illustration of the Battle of the Falkland Islands produced from a pencil drawing by a sailor who was there. On the left is the German ship Scharnhorst, which has capsized and is sinking. The ship in the middle is called Gneisenau and to the right are the British ships HMs Invincible and HMS Inflexible.