Tally band : SMS Emden, Kaiserliche Marine

Accession Number RELAWM09474.001
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Headdress
Physical description Silk, Silver braid
Maker Unknown
Place made Germany
Date made c 1909 - 1914
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

German black tally band with 'S.M.S. EMDEN' woven in silver.

History / Summary

During the First World War the German Imperial navy (Kaiserliche Marine) was divided between seaman and shipyard and technical personnel. The tally lettering of the Matrosen divisions or seamen, were in gold and the Werft divisions or shipyard and technical personnel, were in silver.

At the start of the First World War, the German cruiser Emden formed part of the German East Asiatic Squadron. She was detached to stalk the shipping routes across the Indian Ocean and quickly became the scourge of the Allied navies. Between August and October 1914, Emden captured or sank 21 vessels. In November 1914, nine Allied vessels were involved in the hunt for Emden, and the threat she posed led to a particularly heavy escort of four warships being allocated to the first Australian and New Zealand troop convoy. Surprised by one of these escorts, HMAS Sydney, while in the process of destroying the British radio station on the Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Emden was destroyed on 9 November 1914.