SMS Dresden was a German light cruiser, armed with ten 10.5 cm
(4.1 in) SK L/40 guns and two torpedo tubes, launched in
October 1907. Dresden visited the United States in 1909 during the
Hudson–Fulton Celebration, before serving in the High Seas Fleet. In
1913, she was assigned to the Mediterranean Division, then sent to the
Caribbean. At the onset of World War I, Dresden operated as a commerce
raider in South American waters in the Atlantic, then moved to the
Pacific Ocean and joined the German East Asia Squadron. Dresden saw
action in the Battle of Coronel in November 1914, and at the Battle of
the Falkland Islands in December, where she was the only German warship
to elude the British. In March 1915, when she was almost out of coal
and her engines were worn out, her captain attempted to have the ship
interned by Chile at Robinson Crusoe Island. British cruisers violated
Chilean neutrality and opened fire on the ship in the Battle of Más a
Tierra and the Germans scuttled Dresden.
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