SMS Emden Shell Case Umbrella Stand

Historical note: 

This case from a 10.5cm desk gun shell was carved with Chinese dragon motifs and turned into an umbrella or cane stand. It was souvenired from the wreck of the Emden by a sailor aboard HMAS Sydney and engraved with a shield bearing the date of action.

Materials: 
Brass
Category: 
Souvenirs and ephemera
Themes: 
Royal Australian Navy
Conflict: 
First World War
Location: 
Pacific
Story: 
The Defeat of SMS Emden

On this day

On this day
9 July

1940 — HMA Ships SYDNEY, STUART, VOYAGER, and VAMPIRE, together with ships of the Royal Navy, engaged the Italian Navy in the Battle of CALABRIA

1942 — 2/24th Battalion captured a German radio interception and intelligence unit, effectively blinding Rommel in North Africa

1943 — 3 and 450 Squadron, RAAF, and eight Australian warships, were part of a force of some 180,000 troops and 2,590 ships involved in the invasion of SICILY