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Cocos Island Axe

Wooden handled axe used by the German raiding party when they attacked the telegraph station on Cocos Island during World War One. In 1914, disguised as a merchant vessel, the German warship 'Emden' landed a party of soldiers on the Cocos Islands. The soldiers destroyed telegraph equipment using this axe and cut the undersea cables that linked Britain to Australia. One telegraph worker, however, h…