|SMS Scharnhorst and HMS Minotaur in Tsingtao early 1914 (IWM HU 64344)|
Another German wrote in his diary of the Japanese ultimatum, ‘they can tell this to a Russian but not to a German’.
|Some of the Prinz Heinrich Kompagnie at Tsingtao|
As the bombardment, began the German defenders fell back from the front line to protect
Have attacked enemy cruisers with three torpedoes, registered three hits. Cruiser blew up at once. Am hunted by torpedo-boat destroyers return to Tsingtao cut off, trying to escape south, and if necessary shall explode boat. BRUNNER.
Brunner was forced to scuttle of the Chinese coast and the crew interned themselves, eventually being held in Nanking. The gunboats continued to shell the Allied vessels, with the minefield around the harbour would claim three Japanese steamers. Despite their limitations the last surface units of the East Asiatic were going down fighting against a much superior force.
|German prisoners from Tsingtao held in Japan © IWM (Q 52827)|
With the loss of the port the only harbour with a German Imperial grade shipyard in the whole Pacific was lost to von Spee. It was of no consequence to the Admiral as he was an ocean away when it fell.