Admiral Graf Spee

Uruguay,South America

Admiral Graf Spee was a Deutchland class pazerschiff built in Wilhelmshaven and launched in June 1934. Under the Spanish Civil War a few years later, she did five "non-intervention" patrols to Spain. 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 nine ships. 13.December she fought against three British cruisers at the battle River Plate, HMS Ajax, HMS Achilles and HMS Exeter who was heavily damaged and had to return to base. But also Graf Spee also 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 spent he decided to scuttle her. 17.December 1939 she sank down to a depth of 19 meter, and three days later Langsdorrf took his own life. The wreck was partly salvaged from1942 to 1943, and in 2006 and 2007 the swastika, artillery rangefinder and one of the cannons was salvaged.

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 Worldwar Photos
Last updated: January 2021