The Battle of the River Plate

The Battle of the River Plate

Book - 1987
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This tale of the Battle of the River Plate follows the machinations of the German war machine as Kapitan zur See Hans Langsdorff commands the pocket battleship Graf Spee on a mission to cripple British shipping. Through clever subterfuge and daring, the Graf Spee takes ship after ship, ultimately forcing the British Navy to send twenty ships in search of the elusive Spee.
Publisher: London, Eng. : The Alison Press/Martin Secker & Warburg Limited, 1987.
Edition: Revised ed.
ISBN: 9780436377501
Branch Call Number: REF 940.5429 Pop
Characteristics: 219 p. : illus., b&w.


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Jan 29, 2012

The Battle of the River Plate was the first naval battle in the Second World War. The German pocket battleship Admirable Graf Spee fought three Royal Navy cruisers: HMS Exeter, Ajax, and the Achilles. Admirable Graf Spee was armed with six-11 inch (28 cm) guns in two triple gun turrets. The lighter gunned British cruisers, Exeter with 8-inch guns, and Ajax and Achilles with 6-inch guns were really no match for the heavier gunned German pocket battleship whose guns had much longer range and fired much heavier shells. For a History enthusiast, this is a great book to read. I read it 35 years ago and I have just finished reading it again. There is also a movie available and that too is a relaxing way to spend an evening. Senior Doctor-at-Bass! D. A.

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