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Sudi Bay is an inlet on the German East African coast between Mikindani and Lindi
(See Sketch 53a on page 386 of the Official History)
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Posted 06 November 2011 - 10:45 AM
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The bay was defended by Schutztruppe observation posts and artillery positions.
On 15 March 1916 the Marie (formerly the Sperrbrecher 15) evaded the Royal Navy blockade and slipped into the bay, where she unloaded a vital cargo that included artillery and artillery men.
Posted 06 November 2011 - 10:51 AM
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The crew of the Marie enjoyed a few nights ashore in Sudi village.
Meanwhile the Royal Navy pounded the area with gunfire and holed the Marie, but the damage was repairable.
German efficiency and discipline mobilised 100,000 porters to carry and pull the Marie's cargo to Dar Es Salaam - a long haul.
Then the Marie slipped out of the bay, evaded the Royal Navy again, and reached Batavia in neutral Dutch Java.
Posted 06 November 2011 - 10:59 AM
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Little has changed in Sudi since 1916.
Architecture, building construction, clothing styles and food preparation methods are as they were.
But the landing at Sudi re-invigorated the Schutztruppe and increased Colonel Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck's firepower and military ability, whilst the distribution of medals that had been part of the Marie's cargo raised the morale of German soldiers and seamen.
This was the second blockade runner that had evaded the Royal Navy.
Posted 14 February 2012 - 06:16 PM