ADMIRAL GRAF SPEE

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ADMIRAL GRAF SPEE

Post by Deepol » Fri Jul 23, 2010 1:39 pm

Interesting photo of her in Montevideo Harbour with the damage sustained in her encounter with ACHILLES, AJAX and EXETER.
From Dietrich Baumer collection.
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Re: GRAF SPEE

Post by E28 » Sat Feb 11, 2012 8:18 pm

Her armour was easily penetrated by the 8" of Exeter.
Had the Cumberland been present, the pair would probably have dispached the Graf Spee.
Having her 11" in only the 2 turrets, fore and aft, meant her fire control was indifferent, as was her rate of fire.
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Re: GRAF SPEE

Post by E28 » Fri Feb 24, 2012 10:40 pm

As a raider Graf Spee was a threat of sorts, but one which could easily be restrained.
The RN cruisers in the South Atlantic tasked with her destruction were the 8" armed Exeter and Cumberland with the 6" armed Ajax and Achilles. This was force G.
One ship which has been totally overlooked by all the 'history' books and 'learned researchers' since 1939 and the battle of the River Plate is the one which could have been the biggest prize for the Graf Spee, if she ever discovered her, and strenuous efforts were put in place to ensure she was kept out of harms way. Without her support, force G would not have functioned.
She is RFA Orangeleaf, although a support tanker, her services were indispensible whilst the hunt for the 'pocket battleship' in the vastness of the Southern Atlantic was played out.

RFA Orangeleaf
ON 140300
She was launched on 26 Oct 1916 as RFA Bornol from the yard of J.L.Thompson of Sunderland, y no 523.
On her completion the following 1st June she was renamed Orangeleaf.
As such she was the 1st of 3 RFA ships to bear this name, and would be a familiar sight on the Atlantic west coast through the 1930''s and the first years of the 2nd world war.
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Re: ADMIRAL GRAF SPEE

Post by Deepol » Mon Aug 10, 2015 11:32 am

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Building at Wilhelmshaven. Dietrich Baumer collection.
AdmiralGrafSpee-SpitheadCoronationReview.jpg
At the 1937 Coronation Fleet Review at Spithead.
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Dire warning......Dietrich Baumer collection
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