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August 27, 1914

At 8:30 in the morning, one large and three small Japanese cruisers, besides four torpedo-boat destroyers appear from behind the “Haystack”. After maneuvering for a short while, the flagship of the squadron announces that a blockade has been declared for Tsingtao. Foreigners are requested at the same time to leave Tsingtao immediately. In the afternoon the battery on Point Hui-tshen fires on a destroyer searching for mines. We have field maneuvers towards the village of Tahanshan. After this we start building trenches south and southeast of the village.