Battle of the River Plate 1939: Minute-by-Minute DOCUMENTARY



The Battle of the River Plate took place in December 1939, and featured the Royal Navy cruisers Exeter, Achilles and Ajax, against the German Panzerschiffe, Graf Spee.

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Sources:
Richard Petrow, The Bitter Years: The invasion and Occupation of
Denmark and Norway April 1940-May 1945 (London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1974). – first chapter of the book includes a brief description of the hunt for the Graf Spee

Corelli Barnett, Engage The Enemy More Closely: The Royal Navy in the Second World War (London: Penguin, 1991)

Commodore Harwood’s own account of the battle, made available here: http://naval-history.net/WW2LGGrafSpee.htm

Graf Spee’s voyage described here: https://www.deutschland-class.dk/admiral_graf_spee/admiral_graf_spee_operation_hist.htm

Video clips from World of Warships gameplay and the Battle of the River Plate film, 1958

Music:

“Crypto” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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“Division” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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“Crossing the Chasm” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Sound Effects:
Gunshots and so on are recordings from World of Warships, where the gameplay footage of the ships hails from.
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