MESSAGE INTERCEPTED BY PORT MORESBY - 2 August 1914
Nauru to Planet: First mobilisation day. Central
OTHER COMMUNICATIONS OVERHEARD BY AUSTRALIAN
Scharnhorst communicating with Yap Is, and
Scharnhorst communicating with Nurnberg.
Scharnhorst communicating with Nauru.
Scharnhorst communicating with Planet
Geier communicating with SS Bochum, and
Geier communicating with SS Frieberg.
Reported Positions of German Warships
Geier has not moved far from her previous position.
Call signs ASA and KCA appear to have moved to south east.
Emden heard possibly at Apia. Germans sending cable material via Guam and not Yap.
Geier 500-600 miles from Darwin
IO, two letter call sign of Scharnhorst and two ships with her.
Two letter call sign of either Gneisenau or Nuremberg
Emden 400/500 miles north west of Yap
Geier 500/600 miles north west of Darwin
Scharnhorst and accompanying ships have not moved.
Call sign ASB moving away from Australia. In vicinity of Santa Cruz Islands.
Geier near Timor
Planet near or in Rabaul. Acting as a radio relay ship.
DKT (Komet) near Rabaul.
KCA (Yap) sending to Emden. Emden could be near Yap.
ATTACKS ON COMMUNICATIONS FACILITIES
Landing party from HMS
NZ Expeditionary Force
Attacked by Germans
Destroyed by Germans
Captured by ANMEF
Landing party from HMAS
Occupied by Japanese and
Admiralty asks Naval Board to decypher a German message in the HVB code intercepted by the SS
ACNB requested that Commonwealth wireless stations monitor Dutch stations in the Netherlands East
Indies and forward any messages intercepted to Navy Office for investigation. By the end of April this
instruction was rescinded as no useful information was found in the messages that had been intercepted.
ACNB forwarded copies of wireless telegraph messages, to and from Japanese residents in the Pacific,
to the Attorney-General’s Department. In the main these messages were either commercial in nature or
requests for funds and payments.
The radio station at Broome also forwarded details of intercepted Dutch traffic to Navy Office.