Many do not know that Penang is the only state in Malaysia that was impacted by the World War 1. 🚢⚔️
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On 28 October 1914, German-owned SMS Emden launched a surprise attack on Penang. The battle took place in two locations; one in the waters nearby to E&O Hotel and the other at Muka Head.
German propaganda postcard commemorating the Emden's raid on Penang.
📸 Credit: Wikipedia.
Captain Carl von Muller of the SMS Emden launched a pre-dawn strike on a resting Russian battleship Zhemchug. Zhemchug's commander, Baron Cherkassov, could do nothing but watch helplessly from E&O Hotel as his ship sank before his eyes.
📸 Credit: Wikipedia.
Off Muka Head, the same German-owned Emden sighted Mousquet, a French destroyer. Battles ensued that ended with the sinking of the 2,000-ton French destroyer Mousquet.
French Le Mousquet was sank off Muka Head. 📸 Credit: Wikipedia.
Le Masquet remain sunken in Penang.
Ten Imperial Russian Navy sailors were buried in the Western Road Cemetery in George Town. A plaque with a symbolic ship anchor was later installed within the cemetery. An inscription on the plaque reads 'To the officers and men of the Russian Navy cruiser 'Zhemchug' - Their grateful motherland'. 📸 and ✒️ Credit: https://penang.fandom.com/wiki/Battle_of_Penang
Another two Imperial Russian Navy sailors were buried in Jerejak Island, east of Penang Island. Their graves are marked by another monument commemorating the Imperial Russian Navy sailors who lost their lives during the Battle of Penang. Soviet Navy sailors renovated the monument twice, in 1972 and 1987. To this day, the Russian Embassy in Malaysia holds memorial services twice yearly at both memorials. 📸 and ✒️ Credit: https://penang.fandom.com/wiki/Battle_of_Penang
Route taken by Emden during her commerce raiding operations 📸 Credit: Wikipedia.
The Cenotaph, also known as Penang War Memorial, is a cenotaph located at the Esplanade in George Town, Penang, Malaysia to commemorate lives lost in World War 1 (note the year on the cenotaph, 1914-1918). Credit: https://penang.fandom.com/wiki/Battle_of_Penang