Thursday, June 16, 2005

Chennai Trivia - 1

German Warship "Emden" bombed Madras during the First World War, but not much damage was done. There is a plaque at the place where the bombs fell. Where is the plaque located?

12 comments:

ammani said...

At St. Ebbas school on Dr. Radhakrishnan Salai

Chenthil said...

I will have to check that out Ammani, but the plaque I saw is at a different place. So, wrong answer :-).

Chakra Sampath said...

Madras High Court!

my grandpa or someone had told me that there used to be a song those days, that goes on like

"Emden vitta gundu..
adhil erindha tank rendu.."

i remember only this much.

Krithiga said...

It was a U boat. My guess - Marina?

Ravages said...

Chakra is right. It is at the High Court, more specifically, it is on the wall of the high court campus, and the plaque can be seen if one comes from NSC Bose road and goes towards Anderson Street.

Chenthil said...

Chakra got it right. Ravages got the exact spot, but that is expected of a Chennai History Enthusiast.

Krithika, it was a Cruiser, not a U boat.

tilotamma said...

Alright any such damage around WWII?

Ravages said...

You know CHenthil, that photograph is super cool. It now read "Hell struck this spot..."

Chenthil said...

Tilo, as far as I know Chennai wasn't attacked during WWII, will check up though.

Ravages, good find. It does read so. This is near the Judges entrance, and there is always a cop standing there and shooing away people. So I stopped my bike next to the plaque, kept the camera on the bike's petrol tank and clicked. You can see the bikes handle bar on top of the photograph. That explains the 'cool' angle :-)

tilotamma said...

was too, let me get back to you on that. DOn't know if there is a plaque anywhere but......

tilotamma said...

Oh one more thing - I recommend R.K.Narayan's short story with the same title to everyone.

tilotamma said...

http://www.malaysianculturegroup.com/oldnewsl/nmar05.htm#event4

search for Emden on this page.........