Graf spee. Battleship Admiral Graf Spee in World War II

The “Pocket Battleship” Deliberately Sunk in Montevideo After the Battle of the River Plate

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Harwood chose this position, according to his despatch, because of its being the most congested part of the shipping routes in the South Atlantic, and therefore the point where a raider could do the most damage to enemy shipping. Many German veterans did not approve of this restoration attempt, as they considered the wreck to be a and an underwater historical monument that should be respected. After an intensive telegram exchange, Berlin decided that Admiral Graf Spee, primarily its important equipment, must not be captured by the Allies. Most of the hits scored by the British cruisers caused only minor structural and superficial damage but the oil purification plant, which was required to prepare the diesel fuel for the engines, was destroyed. The purpose of that foray was to divert Allied warships away from the South Atlantic, and to confuse the Allies about his intentions. Captive Allied seamen still aboard the ship were released. In their view, this eagle fell squarely into the latter category.

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Pocket

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The ship was partially broken up , though part of the ship remains visible above the surface of the water. After the war many German sailors settled permanently in various parts of Uruguay, some returning after being repatriated to Germany. The most unusual inquiry came from a businessman that wants to use it as a centerpiece at the Soccer World Cup to be held in Doha. Langsdorff took the limping craft out of the harbor and sank it on Dec. Additionally, there was a reconnaissance aircraft on board, which could be launched by a catapult. The documents revealed that four unescorted British merchant ships were due to leave Montevideo on December 10th. Admiral Graf Spee had fired much of her ammunition in the engagement with Harwood's cruisers.

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Eagle Recovered From the Graf Spee is Going to Auction $26 Million

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Hector Bado, head of the recovery operation, told The Associated Press that divers battled blustery winds and choppy waters in an attempt to remove part of the tower. This considerable bronze was recovered from the scuttled ship by a project team funded by a group of international businessmen in 2006. Twenty minutes later, Ajax and Achilles turned to starboard to bring all their guns to bear, causing Admiral Graf Spee to turn away and lay a. In 1964 a memorial to the ship was erected in Montevideo's port. Some reports state that the Graf Spee received as many as 60 to 70 direct hits in the fighting. Admiral Graf Spee opened fire on Exeter at 19,000 yd 17,000 m with her six 283 mm 11. At 06:37, Ajax launched her spotter from its.

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Graf Spee emerges from its River Plate grave

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The main battery turrets had 140 mm 5. Laid down at Reichsmarinewerft in Wilhelmshaven on October 1, 1932, the new panzerschiffe was named for who had defeated the British at Coronel on November 1, 1914, before being killed at the a month later. In the course of the engagement, Admiral Graf Spee had been hit approximately 70 times; 36 men were killed and 60 more were wounded, including Langsdorff, who had been wounded twice by splinters while standing on the open bridge. The fight that the British had anticipated never took place: Captain Langsdorff, believing that a superior force awaited him, had his crew scuttle their ship; three days later Langsdorff shot himself. As designed, her standard complement consisted of 33 officers and 586 enlisted men, though after 1935 this was significantly increased to 30 officers and 921—1,040 sailors. Indian Ocean Langsdorff was under orders to avoid engaging with Allied warships.

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German cruiser Admiral Graf Spee

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Admiral Graf Spee at Spithead in 1937; and lie in the background Admiral Graf Spee was ordered by the Reichsmarine from the shipyard in. After the majority of the crew, all wounded and prisoners had been taken off board, Admiral Graf Spee left the port on the afternoon of 17 December 1939 and the limited crew left the ship, which was then blown up with the remaining ammunition. The German ship opened fire with her main battery at Exeter and her secondary guns at the flagship Ajax at 06:17. This would have been the opportunity to finish off Exeter. Anticipating the beginning of , German leader ordered Admiral Graf Spee to sail for the South Atlantic to be in position to attack Allied shipping. The British and New Zealand cruisers split up, keeping about 15 mi 13 nmi; 24 km from Admiral Graf Spee. Admiral Graf Spee 's salvaged in Montevideo A radar expert was sent to Montevideo shortly after the scuttling and reported a rotating aerial, probably for gunlaying, transmitting on either 57 or 114 centimetres.

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Maximilian, Graf von Spee

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The older and larger Cumberland was more powerful than Exeter, with an additional aft turret containing two more 8-inch guns, but was no match on paper for Admiral Graf Spee whose guns had significantly longer range and fired much heavier shells 660 lb against 256 lb. Admiral Scheer and Admiral Graf Spee had a tower bridge, while Deutschland had only one pile foremast. Instead, the combined fire of Ajax and Achilles drew Langsdorff's attention as both ships closed the German ship. On 20 December, in his room in a Buenos Aires hotel, Langsdorff shot himself in full dress uniform while lying on the ship's battle ensign. In 1938, KzS took command of the vessel; she conducted a series of goodwill visits to various foreign ports throughout the year. The Wreck The wreck of Admiral Graf Spee.

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