How We Fought the Emden

How We Fought the Emden is a 1915 Australian silent documentary film from cinematographer Charles Cusden about the Battle of Cocos during World War I. It was also known as The Fate of the Emden.[1]

How We Fought the Emden
Directed byCharles Cusden
CinematographyCharles Cusden
Release date
June 1915
LanguageSilent film
English intertitles


Shortly after the defeat of the Emden during the Battle of Cocos, members of the Millions Club in Sydney formed a Cocos Island Syndicate and organised an expedition to make a film about it. Cinematographer Charles Cusden sailed to the island and shot about 1,000 feet (300 m) of film in and around the battered ship, which had been beached on North Keeling Island.[2][3]


Footage from the movie was later incorporated into the films How We Beat the Emden (1915) and For the Honour of Australia (1916).[4]


  1. Andrew Pike and Ross Cooper, Australian Film 1900–1977: A Guide to Feature Film Production, Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1998, p. 56
  2. "NEWS AND NOTES". The West Australian. Perth: National Library of Australia. 19 May 1915. p. 6. Retrieved 13 June 2012.
  3. "Advertising". The Register. Adelaide: National Library of Australia. 13 May 1916. p. 2. Retrieved 13 June 2012.
  4. Paul Byrnes, For the Honour of Australia at Australian Screen Online
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