Admiral Graf Spee

Uruguay,South America

Admiral Graf Spee was a Deutchland class panzerschiff built by Rechmarinewerft in Wilhelmshaven. She was launched in June 1934, and was commissioned in January 1936. During the Spanish Civil War she did five "non-intervention" patrols, and at the outbreak of world war two she was in the South Atlantic to attack the Allied shipping. Between September and December 1939 she sunk a total of nine ships. 13.December she fought against three British cruisers at the battle of River Plate. HMS Exeter was badly damaged and had to return to base, but also Graf Spee took damage during the battle and her fuel system was crippled. They were forced to seek harbor in Montevideo in neutral Uruguay, closely shadowed by the remaining British cruisers. Kapitän zur see Hans Langsdorrf believed a large British force was on its way to meet him when they had to leave harbor, and with much of the ammunition already spent he decided to scuttle her. 17.December 1939 she was scuttled right outside the harbor, and three days later Langsdorrf took his own life. The wreck was partly salvaged in 1942 and1943, and in 2006 and 2007 the swastika, artillery rangefinder and one of the cannons was raised from the deep. The remains rest today on a depth of 20 meter.

Former names:
Admiral Graf Spee

185,9 x 21,2 x 5,8 m
Tons: Built: Home Port:
12100 grt / 14890 displ
Wilhelmshaven ( D ) 1934 ( D )

Picture: Admiral Graf Spee
Courtesy of World War Photos
Last updated: January 2021