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River Plate 1939 : the sinking of the Graf Spee / Angus Konstam ; illustrated by Tony Bryan.

By: Konstam, Angus [author.].
Contributor(s): Bryan, Tony [illustrator.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Campaign (Osprey Publishing): 171.Publisher: London : Osprey Publishing, 2016Description: 96 pages : illustrations (some color), color maps, portraits, color plans ; 25 cm.Content type: text | still image | cartographic image Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781472817952; 1472817958.Other title: Sinking of the Graf Spee.Subject(s): Admiral Graf Spee (Battleship) | River Plate, Battle of the, 1939DDC classification: 940.545943 Summary: "Days before the outbreak of World War II a handful of German commerce raiders put out to sea to prey on Allied merchantmen. Amongst them was the Panzerschiff ('armoured ship') Graf Spee, a formidable warship that boasted the firepower of a battleship but the size, speed and range of a cruiser. When World War II commenced, under the command of Captain Langsdorff the Graf Spee began a hunting spree across the South Atlantic and the Indian Ocean that eventual 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." -- from the publisher's website.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

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 ("armored 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.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

"Days before the outbreak of World War II a handful of German commerce raiders put out to sea to prey on Allied merchantmen. Amongst them was the Panzerschiff ('armoured ship') Graf Spee, a formidable warship that boasted the firepower of a battleship but the size, speed and range of a cruiser. When World War II commenced, under the command of Captain Langsdorff the Graf Spee began a hunting spree across the South Atlantic and the Indian Ocean that eventual 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." -- from the publisher's website.

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Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Introduction (p. 4)
  • Chronology (p. 5)
  • The Strategic Situation (p. 9)
  • Opposing Plans (p. 12)
  • German plans
  • British plans
  • Opposing Commanders (p. 17)
  • German commanders
  • British commanders
  • Opposing Forces (p. 21)
  • German forces
  • British forces
  • The Campaign (p. 32)
  • Breakout into the Atlantic
  • Passive waiting
  • The first victim
  • Off the African coast
  • A return to Africa
  • Sojourn in the Indian Ocean
  • The African hunting ground
  • Hunting the Graf Spee
  • Enemy in sight!
  • A two-pronged attack
  • Giving chase
  • The pursuit
  • Montevideo
  • The final act
  • The Aftermath (p. 88)
  • The Battlefield Today (p. 92)
  • Further Reading (p. 94)
  • Index (p. 95)