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Spee will have intended to form landing companies out of his ships’ compliments, as per Emden’s raid on the Cocos Islands. With no naval battle anticipated, a ship like Scharnhorst could easily contribute 200 men, for example.
IMO, there isn’t a chance Spee was going to do anything but make a smash-and-grab raid lasting at absolute most a few days.
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