First Battle of Vailele

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The First Battle of Vailele occurred on 18 December 1888 at the German plantation of Vailele, Samoa.[1] Sixteen German marines were ambushed and killed by forces loyal to Mata'afa Iosefo.[2]

A memorial for the Germans killed at the battle was erected in a ceremony presided over by the commander of the unprotected cruiser Sperber.[3]

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  1. ^ Krämer, p. 299
  2. ^ Hempestall & Mochida, p. 54
  3. ^ Hildebrand, Röhr, & Steinmetz, p. 178


  • Krämer, Augustine (1994). The Samoa Islands: An Outline of a Monograph With Particular Consideration of German Samoa: Constitution, Pedigrees and Traditions I. Honolulu, HI: University of Hawaii Press. ISBN 0824822196. 
  • Hildebrand, Hans H.; Röhr, Albert; Steinmetz, Hans-Otto (1993). Die Deutschen Kriegsschiffe (Volume 7). Ratingen, DE: Mundus Verlag. ASIN B003VHSRKE. 
  • Hempestall, Peter L.; Mochida, Paula Tanaka (2005) The Lost Man: Wilhelm Solf in German History. Otto Harrassowitz Verlag. ISBN 3447051345