River Plate 1939: The sinking of the Graf Spee

River Plate The sinking of the Graf Spee Days before the outbreak of World War II a handful of German commerce raiders put out to sea to prey on Allied merchantmen Among them was the Panzerschiffe ard ship Graf Spee a formidable warship th

  • Title: River Plate 1939: The sinking of the Graf Spee
  • Author: Angus Konstam
  • ISBN: 9781472817952
  • Page: 241
  • Format: Paperback
  • Days before the outbreak of World War II, a handful of German commerce raiders put out to sea to prey on Allied merchantmen Among them was the Panzerschiffe ard ship Graf Spee, a formidable warship that boasted the firepower of a battleship, but had the size, speed, and range of a cruiser When World War II commenced, the Graf Spee, under the command of Captain LaDays before the outbreak of World War II, a handful of German commerce raiders put out to sea to prey on Allied merchantmen Among them was the Panzerschiffe ard ship Graf Spee, a formidable warship that boasted the firepower of a battleship, but had the size, speed, and range of a cruiser When World War II commenced, the Graf Spee, under the command of Captain Langsdorff, began a hunting spree across the South Atlantic and the Indian Ocean that eventually took her to the River Plate in search of her next victim an Allied convoy Instead, she found three Royal Navy cruisers under the command of Commodore Harwood, eager to put an end to the pocket battleship that had been terrorizing Allied merchant ships.Featuring full color artwork, archive photographs, and meticulous research, this comprehensive volume explores the thrilling story behind the Battle of the River Plate, an engagement that unquestionably demonstrated the effectiveness of British seapower and diplomacy on an international stage.

    One thought on “River Plate 1939: The sinking of the Graf Spee”

    1. ExcellentGreat account of this interesting sea battle far from Europe.What this tale surely reveals is a continued need for an effective Royal navy to protect the trade routes.

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