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August 3, 1914

Germany declares war on France. The 3rd Company of the East-Asiatic Detachment of Marines arrives at Syfang at noon. The SMS. Iltis is decommissioned.

(Manila). I am called to the telephone and am told to report at the German Consulate. There I find many Germans assembled. The Consul tells us that we must be prepared for transportation to Tsingtao shortly. We hear that Germany declared war on France. Newspapers are always awaited with the greatest impatience and great assemblies take place at the German Club to talk over
the news.