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8 Aug 1914
  • Wilhelm Keitel was promoted to the rank of Hauptmann. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Despite being outgunned Captain Howard Kelly on the British light cruiser HMS Gloucester opened fire on the German cruiser Breslau in order to delay the flight of the battlecruiser Goebern (Rear Admiral W. Souchon) to enable the pursuing British battlecruisers, under the flag of Admiral Sir Berkeley Milne, to catch up with their prey. The engagement had to be called off when the Gloucester ran short of coal. ww2dbase [AC]
  • The Defence of the Realm Act, although primarily designed to protect Britain's Ports and Railways from sabotage or espionage, permitted the trial of Civilians by court martial. ww2dbase [AC]
Gibraltar
  • Joseph Stilwell boarded RMS Ivernia at Gibraltar. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]

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