On this day in 1914, Admiral von Spee's squadron of the Kaiserliche Marine, feeling frisky after a spot of commerce raiding and a successful shootout with the Royal Navy off the coast of Chile, decided to raid British bases in the Falklands on its way home to the North Atlantic.
Unfortunately for the Boche, the British presence there had been bolstered by a brace of battlecruisers that not only outgunned von Spee's armored cruisers, but could easily outrun them, too.
The Royal Navy spent about five hours shooting the German East Asia Squadron into colanders. Graf von Spee and both his sons were killed in the action along with almost 1,900 other German sailors. The British suffered ten KIA.