The Centenary of the Battle of the Falklands Islands is to be commemorated with a new stamp issue

September 25th, 2014

According to info got by Falkland Islands Post is preparing for issuing a new set of stamps commemorating the Centenary of the Battle of the Falklands Islands. The issue consists of four stamps which depict different scenes and symbols of this important historical event. The stamps are to be released on the 8th of December.

The origin of the Battle of the Falkland Islands stems from an earlier engagement between the Royal and Imperial German Navies on 1 November 1914 of Coronel in Chile, which led to the British loss of 2 Armoured Cruisers and 1570 men versus the 3 wounded men on the German side The defeat was such that the British dispatched more ships to the South Atlantic to protect their interests.

Just over a month later, on 8 December 1914, the German Squadron under Admiral Maximilian von Spee arrived off the Falklands with a plan to harry the Royal Navy's supply base at Stanley, unbeknownst to him that a new British squadron, under Rear Admiral Doveton Sturdee, had arrived in the area the day before.

The British were undertaking maintenance and coaling their ships when the message arrived from Fitzroy that the German squadron had been sighted heading East. Orders were given to make steam and sail.

Two German cruisers approached Stanley just after 0900 when HMS Canopus fired several salvos towards them. They quickly reversed their course and joined the rest of von Spee's squadron to escape to open water.

The battle lasted several hours with much damage being inflicted on the German Squadron. The result of the battle was the reverse of the Coronel. The Germans lost 4 ships and 1871 men versus 10 men from the British, and aside of being a significant victory for the British, the biggest positive result of this engagement was the cessation of commerce raiding by German warships for the rest of the war.